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Jefferson's Pen: The Art of Persuasion by Arthur L. Rizer III

Many books have been written about Thomas Jefferson: most about his time in the presidency, many about the Declaration of Independence, some concerning his contradictory roles as advocate of freedom and slave owner. This book does not attempt to replace any of those that laud his tremendous achievements or explore his personal paradoxes. Rather, this book is dedicated to writers of all stripes and its focus is to learn from Jefferson the persuasive writer. We endeavor to analyze and extract some of the lessons his life and works offer, so that we might be able to improve in our own careers. By examining Jefferson's successes and failures, we will highlight the characteristics that made him such a successful persuader and those failures that detract from that success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634253901
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 641,224
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Arthur Rizer is an Associate Professor of Law at College of Law, West Virginia University (WVU). Before joining the faculty at WVU Law, Rizer worked at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for nine years as a trial attorney. His most recent assignment at DOJ was as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division working on narcotics and national security cases, primarily focused on international drug cartels and narco-terrorists. His other postings at DOJ included national security litigator with Federal Program’s Guantanamo Bay Litigation Team; prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California; and civil litigator with the Office of Immigration Litigation.
Rizer started his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor of Law and currently holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Law. Before law school, Rizer served as a Military Police and Armor officer in the reserve and active U.S. Army. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the West Virginia National Guard. In the military, Rizer was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, where he helped train the Iraqi Army to fight the insurgency and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals. Also before law school, Rizer worked as a civilian police officer in Washington State.
Rizer earned LLM, with distinction, from Law Center, Georgetown University and his JD, magna cum laude, from School of Law, Gonzaga University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Command Staff College. He is currently a D.Phil candidate in Criminology at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 What Is Persuasive Writing? 1

Chapter 2 The Practice of Law 11

Chapter 3 Political Persuasions 29

Chapter 4 Jefferson the President 61

Chapter 5 Skill, Passion, and Vision 79

Chapter 6 Learning from the Darker Side of Thomas Jefferson 93

Chapter 7 Jefferson's Opening Statement to America 123

Chapter 8 Other Masterpieces 165

Conclusion 191

Appendix A Excerpts from John Locke's The Second Treatise on Government Sec. 4,6-8,87-89,95,123,131 (1690) 193

Appendix B Transcription from Howell v. Netherland (1770) 199

Appendix C A Summary View of the Rights of British Americans (1774) 207

Appendix D Excerpt from Thomas Paine's Common Sense (1775-1776) 223

Appendix E Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom (drafted in 1777; passed in 1786) 229

Appendix F Declaration of Independence (1776) 233

Appendix G Letter to William S. Smith, Paris (1787) 237

Appendix H France's Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) 239

Appendix I Thomas Jefferson's First Inauguration Address (1801) 243

Appendix J Letter to Danbury Baptists (1802) 249

Appendix K Thomas Jefferson's Second Inauguration Address (1805) 251

Appendix L Excerpt from Letter to Samuel Kercheval (1816) 257

Appendix M The Gettysburg Address (1863) 261

About the Author 263

Recommenced Reads 265

Notes 267

Index 277

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