Speaking to the People: The Rhetorical Presidency in Historical Perspective

Speaking to the People: The Rhetorical Presidency in Historical Perspective

by Richard J. Ellis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558491597

ISBN-13: 9781558491595

Pub. Date: 09/18/1998

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491595
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
09/18/1998
Series:
Political Development of the American Nation: Studies in Politics and History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A Marriage Made in Philadelphia: The Constitution and the Rhetorical Presidency16
2Jefferson, Jackson, and the Origins of the Presidential Mandate35
3The Presidential Newspaper: The Forgotten Way of Going Public66
4Presidents, Parties, and the Public: Evolving Patterns of Interaction, 1877-192987
5Accepting the Nomination: From Martin Van Buren to Franklin Delano Roosevelt112
6Woodrow Wilson's Critique of Popular Leadership: Reassessing the Modern-Traditional Divide in Presidential History134
7Rhetorical Leadership and "Common Counsel" in the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson162
8Franklin D. Roosevelt, Progressivism, and the Limits of Popular Leadership182
9Reflections on the Rhetorical Presidency in American Political Development211
Notes223
List of Contributors263
Index265

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