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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Religious Voices in American Public Discourse
Religious voices in american public discourse

Religion lies close to the core of America's -genetic code; religious discourse is elemental to our national talk. The sermon of John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, given aboard the Arabella prior to stepping onto the shores of the New World, sounded a chord that defined the key signature for much of American public rhetoric to follow:

The lord make it like that of New England: for wee must Consider that wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill, the eies of all people are uppon us; soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our god in this worke wee have undertaken and soe cause him to withdrawe his present ...

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