Title

Rhetorical Strategies of the 1994 Cordova Fishermen's Blockade

Abstract

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was the largest and most devastating manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history. In its aftermath, the fishermen of Cordova, Alaska, one of the most affected populations, were deprived of any restitution or recovery aid. In 1993, these fishermen took to their vessels to blockade the Valdez Narrows, preventing Exxon's tankers from entering or exiting the Valdez port. This forced Exxon into settlement talks with fishermen and prompted the federal government to grant $21 million for research and restoration in Prince William Sound. In my presentation, I argue that the Cordovan fishermen were able to accomplish their blockade through the use of multiple rhetorical tools.

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Heather Hayes

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Environmental Humanities

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Location

Kimball Theatre

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Oral Presentation

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Rhetorical Strategies of the 1994 Cordova Fishermen's Blockade

Kimball Theatre

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was the largest and most devastating manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history. In its aftermath, the fishermen of Cordova, Alaska, one of the most affected populations, were deprived of any restitution or recovery aid. In 1993, these fishermen took to their vessels to blockade the Valdez Narrows, preventing Exxon's tankers from entering or exiting the Valdez port. This forced Exxon into settlement talks with fishermen and prompted the federal government to grant $21 million for research and restoration in Prince William Sound. In my presentation, I argue that the Cordovan fishermen were able to accomplish their blockade through the use of multiple rhetorical tools.

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