Some Factors Related to Achievement in American Oratory

Date of Award

Spring 4-1-1940

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




This work aims to be a study in the field of oratorical achievement. It aims to answer, partially, the question, "what makes a great orator?" More accurately, it aims to discover and point out those factors which have been instrumental in the development of those men who achieved excellence on the platforms of American. By factors is meant any and all influences, from within or without, hereditary or environmental, in the school, the home, or outside. By instrumental is meant effective, i.e. effective in the production of the particular set of assets and abilities possessed by the man who had achieved oratorical excellence. And lastly, by those who have achieved platform excellence is meant those who have produced the great pieces of American oratory.

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