The Power of Zeal: Teddy Roosevelt's Life and Writing
Julie A. Oseid
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
Legal Communication & Rhetoric: J. ALWD, 2013, Forthcoming
U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-12
This article uses Teddy Roosevelt as a role model for the importance of zeal in persuasion. Writing with zeal increases the credibility of the writer and helps persuade the reader. A zealous lawyer has confidence and conviction in the client’s cause. Zeal was the defining feature of Roosevelt’s personality and his writing. As he lived his life with zeal, so he wrote and spoke with zeal. The article reviews Roosevelt’s life, focusing on how his specific personality traits influenced the writing habits that made him so persuasive. He believed in leading a life of vigor, so he worked hard. His moral certainty and belief in action led him to write and speak with conviction. Finally, his love of stories inspired him to use vivid language. The article concludes by reviewing a few of Roosevelt’s writings: a speech he delivered honoring Ulysses Grant, his autobiography, and a collection of his famous one-line statements.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, legal writing, legal rhetoric, presidents, american presidents
Date posted: April 20, 2013
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