The Traditions And Examples Of Great Oratory Are Worthy Of Visiting Time And Again. Western Culture has produced great minds and from these great ideas. It is unnecessary to look beyond The United States for proof of this contention, but it is illustrative to do so and to uncover the foundation of an extraordinary body of public discourse unique to western societies. Greek antiquity provides the starting point for reasoned argument as practiced historically in America and other nations of The West. The role of debate in governing the operations of The Greek City States and thus the affairs of their citizenry inform the principles of justice and representative government in American public institutions.In this class discover the true meaning of “rhetorical oratory”, note the peril it faces today as practiced by some prominent national figures, consider the elements of genuinely great public speech, and review what makes President Franklin Rosevelt’s 1941 request for A “Declaration of War” a stellar work of public discourse.