U.S. Presidents as Orators: A Bio-critical Sourcebook

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Halford Ross Ryan
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - 390 страница

This first systematic critique on the rhetoric of 21 presidents shows how political constraints shaped rhetoric and how oratory shaped politics. An introduction places American public address in the context of classical rhetorical practices and theory and sets the stage for the bio-critical essays about presidents ranging from Washington to Clinton. Experts analyze the style and use of language, important speeches and their impact, and their ethical ramifications. Each essay on a president also keys major speeches to authoritative texts and offers a chronology and bibliography of primary and secondary sources. For students, teachers, and professionals in American public address, political communication, and the presidency.

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John Adams
16
Thomas Jefferson
26
James Madison
41
John Quincy Adams
50
Andrew Jackson
61
Abraham Lincoln
67
Theodore Roosevelt
83
Woodrow Wilson
101
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
200
Lyndon Baines Johnson
218
Richard Milhous Nixon
239
Gerald R Ford
264
Jimmy Carter
289
Ronald Reagan
306
George Herbert Walker Bush
334
Bill Clinton
349

Herbert Clark Hoover
124
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
136
Harry S Truman
158
Dwight D Eisenhower
180
Index
366
About the Editor and Contributors
375
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Страница 73 - In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend it.
Страница 30 - Still one thing more, fellow-citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
Страница 115 - ... for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its peoples, the German people included : for the rights of nations great and small and the privilege of men everywhere to choose their way of life and of obedience. The world must be made safe for democracy.
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Страница 30 - All too will bear in mind this sacred principle, that, though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
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Страница 62 - Nor is our Government to be maintained or our Union preserved by invasions of the rights and powers of the several States. In thus attempting to make our General Government strong we make it weak. Its true strength consists in leaving individuals and States as much as possible to themselves...
Страница 115 - We are, let me say again, the sincere friends of the German people, and shall desire nothing so much as the early reestablishment of intimate relations of mutual advantage between us — however hard it may be for them, for the time being, to believe that this is spoken from our hearts.
Страница 138 - The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Страница 162 - The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world — and we shall surely endanger the welfare of this Nation.

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HALFORD RYAN, Professor of English and Public Speaking at Washington and Lee University, is well known for his many books and articles dealing with presidential rhetoric and the history and criticism of American public address. His recent works published by Greenwood Press include The Inaugural Addresses of Twentieth-Century American Presidents (1993), American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources (1987), American Orators Before 1900: Critical Studies and Sources (1987) coedited with Bernard Duffy, Harry S. Truman: Presidential Rhetoric (1992), Franklin D. Roosevelt's Rhetorical Presidency (1988), and Oratorical Encounters: Selected Studies and Sources on Twentieth Century Political Accusations and Apologies (1988). He also serves as Adviser for Greenwood's Great American Orators Series.

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