Dear teaching friends,
This one’s not available on Youtube, but I’ve posted my Mediafire links, both in mp4 and wmv format.
In this clip from The West Wing episode “Six Meetings Before Lunch”, the White House staff discovers that their nominee for a Senate-confirmable position has spoken out in favor of slavery reparations (i.e., he believes that cash should be paid to African-Americans). He has been called into the office of the deputy chief of staff to discuss the issue. The two men present arguments for and against the payment of reparations.
The clip is useful for studying persuasion techniques, argument-building, and fallacies. It makes an interesting class activity or homework assignment. In the end, I ask students which man “won” the argument, and why they think so.