Franklin D. Roosevelt's Rhetorical Presidency

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MANUSCRIPTS

The most important sources for the study of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential rhetoric are in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York ( FDRL). The President's Personal Files (PPF 1820) contain individual boxes of drafts and Final Reading Copy, as available, for his major speeches, addresses, and Fireside Chats. Occasionally, drafts can be located in the Papers of Samuel I. Rosenman, FDR's chief speech writer; the Papers of Adolph A. Berle; and the Papers of Harry L. Hopkins. The letters and telegrams that Americans sent the president, indexed by speech, can be found in the public reaction file (PPF 200-B).

Audio-visual materials, consisting of clips from newsreels, voice recordings, a few home movies, and an extensive photographic file that is indexed by subject matter, are useful for gauging FDR's delivery.

Some oral history projects reflect Roosevelt's rhetorical practices. The best one is The Reminiscences of Samuel I. Rosenman ( 1959) in the Oral History Collection of Columbia University, which summarizes the whole range of Rosenman's activities as a speech writer. The Rexford Tugwell Oral History sheds some light on Roosevelt's speech practices, in passing.

The Diaries, 1919-1956, of Homer Stilld Cummings are invaluable sources for the study of the Supreme Court fight in 1937.


SPEECH TEXTS

The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt (PPA) edited by Samuel I. Rosenman ( 13 vol.; New York: Random House, 1938- 1950) have been collected in thirteen volumes under Samuel Rosenman's editorship. The texts are more or less accurate,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1 - Franklin D. Roosevelt as a Rhetorical President 1
  • 2 - Roosevelt's Persuasive Delivery 13
  • 3 - FDR and the Media: Radio, Newsreels, and Press 25
  • 4 - Four Campaigns to the People 39
  • 5 - Inaugurating the Presidency 75
  • 6 - Roosevelt Vs. the Supreme Court 109
  • 7 - A War of Words and Words of War: the Purge and the Isolationists 131
  • 8 - Writing the Rhetoric 161
  • Appendix - Chronology of Fireside Chats 169
  • Notes 171
  • Bibliography 187
  • Speech Index 199
  • Subject Index 203
  • About the Author 207
  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Political Science 208
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