The Promise of Camelot: The Evolving Rhetoric of John F. Kennedy's Speeches

Over the course of John F. Kennedy's tragically shortened Presidential term, the rhetorical language he used in speeches was continuously in flux, particularly in how he exemplified the Soviet Union during the height of Cold War tensions, and in how he clarified American ideals and doctrine both domestically and internationally.

Kennedy's most famous speeches are filled with repetition, and he makes notable use of chiasmus - the utilization of dual phrasing with reversed structure - to create some of his most lasting phrases. But what truly separated Kennedy from the other Cold War presidents was his optimism, and his constant invocations of a peaceful future for all mankind.


Devon Manney