Becoming Jfk by Vito N. Silvestri | 9780275967628 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Becoming Jfk

Becoming Jfk

by Vito N. Silvestri
     
 

ISBN-10: 027596762X

ISBN-13: 9780275967628

Pub. Date: 05/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

John F. Kennedy began his political communication in the neighborhoods of the Eleventh Congressional District of Massachusetts, using informal more than formal speaking as he learned to speak and began his career as a political leader. For 18 years he practiced the art of communication that is so intrinsic to the art of politics—speeches, small group

Overview

John F. Kennedy began his political communication in the neighborhoods of the Eleventh Congressional District of Massachusetts, using informal more than formal speaking as he learned to speak and began his career as a political leader. For 18 years he practiced the art of communication that is so intrinsic to the art of politics—speeches, small group deliberation, stump speaking in campaigns, radio and television press conferences, debates, and interviews.

Silvestri describes the political and social contexts that shaped Kennedy's earliest efforts as a communicator and politician until his death in 1963. His first campaign became the blueprint for his future political contests; his warnings as Congressman and Senator about Vietnam and Algeria proved prophetic. Kennedy's greatest communication tests involved his persuasion of the public that a Roman Catholic had the right to run for President, his memorable Inaugural Address to a world deadlocked in nuclear stockpiling, his deliberation in the Cuban Missile crisis, his eloquent reasoning for peaceful measures and conciliatory attitudes through his address at American University, his advocacy of civil rights, and his televised presidency—historical firsts for a charismatic American leader of the nuclear half of the 20th century. Scholars, students, and other researchers as well as lay readers will find this study of JKF, political communication, and recent American history fascinating and instructive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275967628
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2000
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: The Early Years: Discovering His Public Voice, 1945-1952

Beginning the Political Journey: Being Worthy of Your Times

The First Campaign: Stumping the Neighborhoods

The Habit of Discussion and Debate: On the Way to Becoming a Senator

The Independent Voice of John F. Kennedy

The Senator from Massachusetts Speaks

Young Man in a Hurry

Three Speeches from Kennedy's Senatorial Career: 1953-1960: Vietnam, Algeria, Harvard Commencement Address

Campaigning for the Presidency, 1956-1960

Nationalizing a New England Accent: Beginning the Presidential Campaign, 1956-1960

Kennedy's Primary Campaigns: Wisconsin and West Virginia

The Presidential Campaign, Part I: Squaring Off on the Religion Issue

The Presidential Campaign, Part II: The First Presidential Televised Debates

Election Outcome: TV, Religion and African-American Influences

The President Communicates

The Inaugural Address: January 20, 1961

1961: A Year of Crisis, Steadfastness, and Innovation

Drama and Dialogue about Nuclear Suicide: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Words of Peace Change the Cold War Dialogue: To Win a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Reaffirmation and Revitalization: Kennedy's Summer Tour of Europe, 1963: Ich Bin Ein Berliner

Kennedy and Vietnam: Public and Private Communication

Civil Rights: Kennedy Initiates a Second Reconstruction

A Television Presidency

Epilogue: John F. Kennedy as a Communicator

Bibliography

Index

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