Theodore Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of Militant Decency

Theodore Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of Militant Decency

by Robert V. Friedenberg
     
 

Friedenberg brings to this study of Theodore Roosevelt a thorough grounding in the criticism of American public address. Basing his findings on his own detailed reading of Roosevelt's speeches and supplementing it with his own research in the primary collections of Roosevelt's manuscripts, Robert V. Friedenberg reveals the depth of Roosevelt's fascinating

Overview

Friedenberg brings to this study of Theodore Roosevelt a thorough grounding in the criticism of American public address. Basing his findings on his own detailed reading of Roosevelt's speeches and supplementing it with his own research in the primary collections of Roosevelt's manuscripts, Robert V. Friedenberg reveals the depth of Roosevelt's fascinating rhetorical career. Friedenberg's astute analysis of Roosevelt's use of classic rhetorical method shows how dependent the president was on the style of the classical masters as well as American predecessors such as Washington and Lincoln.

This book demonstrates and analyzes the persuasive and expressive public speaking of the first great orator of this century, Theodore Roosevelt. Following a foreword by Halford R. Ryan and a preface by Friedenberg, the book provides critical analysis of Roosevelt's rhetoric of militant decency. After an overview, Friedenberg applies his analysis, which is followed by the application of militant decency rhetoric to foreign policy, responsible citizenship, and progressive reform. A series of Roosevelt's collected speeches forms the second part of the volume and provides concrete examples of Roosevelt's rhetorical style. A speech chronology and a bibliography close the work. As we Americans look to the twenty-first century, we might do well to look for guidance and inspiration in the writings and speeches of the man who led us into the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313264481
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/25/1990
Series:
Great American Orators Series, #9
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

ROBERT V. FRIEDENBERG is Professor of Communication at Miami University, Ohio. He is the coauthor of Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices (Praeger, 1983) and edited Rhetorical Studies of National Political Debates: 1960-1988 (Praeger, 1990). In 1989 he received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association for Hear O Israel The History of American Jewish Preaching, 1654-1970.

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