In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

Synopsis

This first book-length analysis of Kennedy's public address defines how he aroused Americans to action. This rigorously researched study offers both an in-depth analysis about the development of President Kennedy as a public speaker with a balanced view of his civil rights, foreign policy, presidential, and other types of speeches. Eight speech text accompany the analysis, along with a selected chronology of major speeches and a bibliography of important primary and secondary sources. This is a reference/teaching tool for students, teachers, and professionals in the fields of rhetoric, political communication, presidential studies, and American history.

Excerpt

This book is being prepared for publication at an interesting intersection of history, politics, and popular culture. More than thirty years after his assassination, John F. Kennedy continues to garner attention. With the recent death of his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, pundits declared the passing of Camelot and heralded the end of a political epoch. But the Kennedy era refuses to bow to such declarations, just as the confluences and legacies of the Kennedy presidency refuse to go their way in quiet rest. What Kennedy did and said, and left unsaid, in leading the nation through a brief, self-described "perilous hour," remains important. For good or evil, the political life and rhetorical events recorded here in these pages still reverberate in hearts and minds, in policies and procedures, in war and peace. John Kennedy was fond of drawing lessons from history. It is hoped that the reader will do likewise with this effort.

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