John quincy adams' "amistad address": Eloquence in a generic hybrid

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John Quincy Adams' Supreme Court argument in the Amistad trial of 1841 is an example of a generic hybrid serving both forensic and deliberative purposes. Adams desired not only to win his case before the court, but also to convince a Northern audience to be wary of slavery legislation. He achieved both purposes by premising his arguments upon values held in common by his audiences. Adams' success indicates the importance of the audience in determining the final form of a hybrid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-26
Number of pages13
JournalWestern Journal of Speech Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication


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