The President as Interpreter-In-Chief

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Contents
Introduction: The President as Interpreter-in-Chief1
Presidential Speech as a Category for Study4
Televised Communication5
Conclusion7
1. Political Rhetoric in the Premodern United States10
Public Speech and Public Politics10
Rhetoric in the Colonial Period11
Rhetoric during the Revolutionary Period13
Rhetoric in Jacksonian America16
Rhetoric during the Civil War Era19
Rhetoric in Post-Civil War America22
Rhetoric during the Early Twentieth Century24
Summary and Conclusions27
2. The Development of Mass-Mediated Politics: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman29
The Presidency Goes Public29
Radio and Franklin D. Roosevelt30
Harry S. Truman: Old Politics and New Technology39
Conclusions49
3. The Birth of Televised Politics: Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy51
The Potential of Televised Politics51
Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Politics of Nonpartisanhip52
John F. Kennedy and the Power of Words61
Conclusions68

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