• 225 Citations
1977 …2015
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David Zarefsky teaches courses in the history and criticism of U.S. public discourse, with a special focus on the pre-Civil War period and on the 1960s, and also teaches courses in argumentation and in Presidential rhetoric. Among his publications as well as six other books and over 70 scholarly articles concerned with American public discourse (both historical and contemporary), argumentation, rhetorical criticism, and public speaking are books on the Lincoln-Douglas debates and on the rhetoric of the war on poverty during the Johnson administration. He is president of the Rhetoric Society of America, 2006-2007, and is a past president of the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He currently is working on two book-length projects, one concerning President Johnson's speech in which he announced his withdrawal from the 1968 Presidential race, and the other on the Texas annexation controversy of the 1840's as it affected the slavery debate.

Education/Academic qualification

Communication Studies, PhD, Northwestern University

Communication Studies, MA, Northwestern University

Communication Studies, BS, Northwestern University

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Research Output 1977 2015

Lincoln and historical accuracy

Zarefsky, D. H., Jan 1 2015, In : Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 18, 1, p. 155-159 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Historical Accuracy
1 Citation (Scopus)

The ten rules of pragma-dialectics and validity in argumentation

Zarefsky, D. H., Jan 1 2014, Considering Pragma-Dialectics: A Festschrift for Frans H. Van Eemeren on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Taylor and Francis, p. 313-323 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dialectics
Argumentation

The United States and the world: The rhetorical dimensions of Obama’s foreign policy

Zarefsky, D. H., Jan 1 2014, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency. Texas A and M University, p. 109-129 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

foreign policy
Rhetoric
Foreign Policy
Barack Obama
3 Citations (Scopus)

Arguing about values: The problem of public moral argument

Zarefsky, D. H., Jan 1 2012, Bioethics Public Moral Argument and Social Responsibility. Taylor and Francis, p. 3-13 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Philosophy and rhetoric in Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Zarefsky, D. H., May 21 2012, In : Philosophy and Rhetoric. 45, 2, p. 165-188 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Inaugural
Philosophy
Sovereignty
Rhetoric
Self-defense