The most recent issue of Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD features the fourth in a series of articles about the writing qualities and habits of our most eloquent American Presidents. The focus of the articles is on the lessons modern legal writers can learn from these Presidents.
The current article is entitled The Power of Clarity: Ulysses S. Grant as a Model of Writing “So That There Could Be No Mistaking It.”
According to the article, Grant’s writing was and is widely admired, and it’s Grant’s clarity that makes his writing so effective. The article reviews the meaning of clarity and considers why it’s so important for modern legal writers. It then examines the habits Grant used to achieve clarity in his writing and analyzes several of his writings as examples of that clarity. The article also shares Grant’s story, particularly the story of his life as a writer.
For an example of Grant’s writing, take a look at his personal memoirs.
The previous articles in this series were: