|TED KENNEDY SPEECH TO THE MORAL MAJORITY
This essay discusses a speech given by Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy at Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 3, 1983 to 5,000 students and townspeople, most of whom were adherents of the Reverend Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, analyzes its background, goals and rhetorical obstacles and evaluates the strategies used by the speaker for overcoming those obstacles as well as the success or failure of the speech.
Senator Kennedy's speech which was entitled "Truth and Tolerance in America" came about in part by accident. Through a computer error, Senator Kennedy was included in mid-May, 1983 on a mass membership solicitation mailing of the Moral Majority and was offered Membership No. B0500878. The Senator's office leaked