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This paper is a rhetorical analysis of the Senate debate over ratification of the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In July, 1963, most Americans seemed to favor ratification of the treaty, but Senate administration forces were not certain that they could muster the necessary votes for ratification. By September, although public opinion had begun to shift against the treaty, the Senate voted overwhelmingly for ratification. The motion for ratification received 13 votes over the necessary two-thirds.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of the speakers for the opposing sides, and to determine as much as is possible, the part that the debate had in the even­tual outcome. The debate is analyzed by a comparison of the rhetorical qualities of selected speeches from both sides. The rhetorical qualities examined are: (1) issues and contentions, (2) proof and (3) disposition. Close consideration will also be given to the social setting of the debate and to the back­grounds of the speakers.

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Speech-Language Pathology

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Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Cullen Bryant Owens

Second Committee Member

Jim Duff Hughey

Third Committee Member

Dolores Smith Butt

Fourth Committee Member

Edward Wayne Bundy



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