Eleanor Roosevelt - Creating a Culture of Human Rights

Joe Killion Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Dacia Charlesworth Butler University
This paper studies the beginning of the human rights movement, specifically looking at Eleanor Roosevelt's efforts in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In order to gauge Roosevelt's success in creating a lasting culture of human rights, this paper analyzes five of Roosevelt's publicly delivered speeches from 1940-1949 . This analysis is centered around theories of social movements such as Leland Griffin's idea of consummation, Herbert Simons' leader-centered conception of persuasion and rhetorical problems, and also Charles Stewart's application of social movement functions. By applying these theories to Roosevelt's speeches, this paper shows how Roosevelt expertly shaped the human rights movement and ensured its lasting success by overcoming periods of rhetorical crisis and transforming the movement by expanding the definition of consummation for the movement.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

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09:45 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 106B