Theodore Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of Militant Decency

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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 ...

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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.

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ROBERT V. FRIEDENBERG is Professor of Communication at Miami University, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Foreword

Preface

Critical Analysis

The Early Years

The Rhetoric of Militant Decency

The Rhetoric of Militant Decency and Foreign Policy

The Rhetoric of Militant Decency and Civic Virtue

The Rhetoric of Militant Decency and Progressive Reform

Epilogue

Collected Speeches

The Duties of American Citizenship

Washington's Forgotten Maxim

The Strenuous Life

The Man with the Muck-rake

The New Nationalism

This Nation's Needs

Chronology of Speeches

Bibliography

Index

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