American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources


This work provides detailed analyses of the methods and effects of oratory, and perspectives on the major speeches of 58 of the nation's most memorable voices and the roles they played in shaping historical events. Of particular concern in each essay are the distinctive characteristics of the orator, such as qualities of style and delivery, use of persuasive techniques, method of speech, preparation, and reliance on speech writers. Critical assessment is made of each speaker's impact on the American social, legal, and political scenes, and each essay closes with a summary evaluation of the orator's negative or salutary influence on American values and democracy. Appended to the essays are lists of information sources including research collections as well as selected critical studies, anthologies, and biographies. A companion volume covers American orators before 1900. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Beatrice K. Reynolds
  • Michael Dennis McGuire
  • Carl R. Burgchardt
  • Donald K. Springen
  • Daniel Ross Chandler
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1987


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