Jefferson's Call for Nationhood: The First Inaugural Address

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Widely celebrated in its own time, Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address commands the regard of Americans from across the political spectrum. Delivered as the young nation found itself embroiled in bitter partisan struggles, the speech has been hailed as the Sermon on the Mount of good government.

Curiously, this masterpiece—the full text of which is reproduced in this volume—has never received sustained analysis. Here, Stephen Howard ...

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Overview

Widely celebrated in its own time, Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address commands the regard of Americans from across the political spectrum. Delivered as the young nation found itself embroiled in bitter partisan struggles, the speech has been hailed as the Sermon on the Mount of good government.

Curiously, this masterpiece—the full text of which is reproduced in this volume—has never received sustained analysis. Here, Stephen Howard Browne describes its origins, composition, meaning, and delivery.

His wellcrafted argument and accessible prose offer a model of analysis for rhetorical scholars and students and an added dimension to the history of the early republic and the understanding of American political thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585442515
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Series: Library of Presidential Rhetoric Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN HOWARD BROWNE is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Text of Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 "Brethren of the Same Principle": The First Inaugural Address and the Language of Party 12
Ch. 2 "The Strongest Government on Earth": The First Inaugural Address as Political Theory 50
Ch. 3 "The Circle of Our Felicities": Rhetorical Dimensions of the First Inaugural Address 88
Epilogue 131
Notes 135
Bibliography 144
Index 153
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