Video Exercise

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The main theme of Chapter 3 is that some aspects of American campaigns have been consistent over time, while others are relatively new and novel. Please read or view the following speeches from four major figures in American political history: 1) Teddy Roosevelt, 2) Franklin Roosevelt, 3) Ronald Reagan, and 4) Edward Kennedy.
  1. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/troosevelt_film/trfsnd.html
  2. http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/speeches/detail/3307
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What aspects of each speech do you think are “dated” or wouldn’t work in today’s context? What aspects of each speech do you think would work in today’s context?
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Which of these candidates do you think would most easily adjust to contemporary campaigning? Why?

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