Speaking to the People: The Rhetorical Presidency in Historical Perspective

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Richard J. Ellis
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1998 - 283 sider

Americans today expect their president to speak directly to them on the issues of the day -- to address their concerns, to ask for their support, even to feel their pain. Yet, as the essays in this volume make clear, this was not always the case. During the early years of the republic, such behavior would have been deemed beneath the president's office, undignified at best, demagogic at worst. How, then, did the practice of "speaking to the people" evolve from the icy reserve of George Washington to the effusive empathy of Bill Clinton?

This book explores how the "rhetorical presidency" became a central feature of American politics. Beginning with a fresh look at the framing of the Constitution, the essays examine the role of rhetoric in a variety of nineteenth-century presidencies, as well as in the crucial turn-of-the-century presidencies of William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. Viewed against this historical backdrop, the "modern" presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and his successors appear less a break with the past than a culmination of developments in popular leadership and rhetorical practice that began more than a century before.

 

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Innhold

A Marriage Made in Philadelphia The Constitution and the Rhetorical Presidency
16
Jefferson Jackson and the Origins of the Presidential Mandate
35
The Presidential Newspaper The Forgotten Way of Going Public
66
Presidents Parties and the Public Evolving Patterns of Interaction 18771929
87
Accepting the Nomination From Martin Van Buren to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
112
Woodrow Wilsons Critique of Popular Leadership Reassessing the ModernTraditional Divide in Presidential History
134
Rhetorical Leadership and Common Counsel in the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson
162
Franklin D Roosevelt Progressivism and the Limits of Popular Leadership
182
Reflections on the Rhetorical Presidency in American Political Development
211
Notes
223
Contributors
263
Index
265
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Side 22 - He conceived it would be as unnatural to refer the choice of a proper character for Chief Magistrate to the people, as it would, to refer a trial of colors to a blind man.

Om forfatteren (1998)

Richard J.Ellis is associate professor of politics at Willamette University and author of The Dark Side of the Left: Illiberal Egalitarianism in America and American Political Cultures.

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