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Winter 2004, pages 89 - 104

Communications Skills and a Brief Rapprochement of Rhetoricians

Abstract: During the late 1940s and early 1950s a window of opportunity opened briefly for a rapprochement between rhetoricians in Speech departments with teachers of English. Members of these groups jointly developed first-year courses in communication skills that had a distinct rhetorical flavor. Communication skills programs were short-lived, however, because powerful disciplinary forces put an end to them.