The Rhetoric of U.S. Social Movements: Capstone Projects
In the Spring of 2019, I taught a senior capstone class, The Rhetoric of U.S. Social Movements. In this course, students engaged with the primary texts of major U.S. social movements including the abolishionist, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and LGBTQ movements along with other contemporary movments. Students used rhetorical theory to analyze the rhetorical practices of these movements and their ability to affect change.
Students composed an independent researched argument in which they engaged in an extended rhetorical analysis of some facet of a U.S. social movement. Many also connected the primary, historical texts with contemporary social movements. They found varied and interesting directions and subjects throught this project. Students composed both a traditional academic paper and an interactive digital version for different audiences.
Check out an example of a final, digital version digital versions which also include a PDF link to the academic paper. The texts are interactive and nonlinear, so navigate through the drop down menu and within the documents. Enjoy.