Speaking to the People: The Rhetorical Presidency in Historical Perspective

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Evaluates the changing role of popular leadership and presidential rhetoric in American politics
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Perceptive collection of 9 essays....an excellent and useful book.
Nine essays, some from a 1995 Western Political Science Association panel, explore the evolution of the role of the President as shaper and mobilizer of public opinion. Among the topics: the presidential newspaper; Jefferson, Jackson, and the origins of the presidential mandate; and Franklin D. Roosevelt, progressivism, and the limits of popular leadership. Paper edition (unseen) $16.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Marriage Made in Philadelphia: The Constitution and the Rhetorical Presidency 16
2 Jefferson, Jackson, and the Origins of the Presidential Mandate 35
3 The Presidential Newspaper: The Forgotten Way of Going Public 66
4 Presidents, Parties, and the Public: Evolving Patterns of Interaction, 1877-1929 87
5 Accepting the Nomination: From Martin Van Buren to Franklin Delano Roosevelt 112
6 Woodrow Wilson's Critique of Popular Leadership: Reassessing the Modern-Traditional Divide in Presidential History 134
7 Rhetorical Leadership and "Common Counsel" in the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson 162
8 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Progressivism, and the Limits of Popular Leadership 182
9 Reflections on the Rhetorical Presidency in American Political Development 211
Notes 223
List of Contributors 263
Index 265
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