Losing a Speech

David Strand

in An Unfinished Republic

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267367
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948747 | DOI:
Losing a Speech

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One symbol of Sun Yat-sen's attainment as an orator was not that he rarely lost a speech. One result of a suffragist's more challenging role as a female orator was that she met with a mix of victories and defeats, applause, and heckling. Nationalist Party convention displayed Sun's skill in talking his way out of a shambles, a fortunate talent considering that his political career was studded with many disasters and near-disasters. Not everyone had Sun's capability with words and presence of mind in public. Political tools such as public speaking is vital not only when it becomes widespread and a source of power and influence but also when misuse or poor execution contributes to defeat. The need to persuade one's followers of a course of action, sell one's agenda, and in the bargain, explain oneself pushed and pulled a wide range of political actors to the podium.

Keywords: orator; convention; Sun Yat-sen; execution; agenda

Chapter.  21989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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