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Dear teaching friends,

This one’s not available on Youtube, but I’ve posted my Mediafire links, both in mp4 and wmv format.

mp4: http://www.mediafire.com/file/trz8mfsxx25t2fa/Culture_Reparations_discussion.mp4

wmv: http://www.mediafire.com/file/8ev7qf09oy3d9s1/Culture_Reparations_discussion.wmv

Context:

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.

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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.

Cheers –

Annette

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