Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics since Independence

Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics since Independence

by Daniel T. Rodgers
     
 

Contention, argument, and power have always been the tradition in American political talk. Any country that began in a revolution was bound to have this history. But the language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting, meanings and to know what they are and what they meant over time is a critical contribution to political history. It

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Contention, argument, and power have always been the tradition in American political talk. Any country that began in a revolution was bound to have this history. But the language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting, meanings and to know what they are and what they meant over time is a critical contribution to political history. It is true that politicians may act as though they are part of no particular ideological tradition, but history shows that, more often than not, they use an understood meaning to enhance their actions. As Daniel Rodgers shows in this book, rhetoric has consequences.

Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Barber
Daniel Rodgers offers a vivid retelling of the American political experience as a contest of words and a contest for ideas by a people to whom language had become an indispensable tool of revolution and statecraft. -- Benjamin Barber

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465014156
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/17/1987
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Daniel T. Rodgers is Professor of History at Princeton University.

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