U.S. Presidents as Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

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CONCLUSION

John Adams practiced the art of oratory as an essential element of republican government. He also believed that serving his country with patriotic eloquence would help him achieve historical fame. Yet Adams considered his most glorious rhetorical moments to have occurred during the Revolution. His presidency was not a time of heroic oratory. Rather, it was an occasion that tested his skills in diplomatic leadership and taxed his character of steady independence. At the same time, Adams's presidential speeches are monuments to the responsibility and dignity of presidential rhetoric. He clearly understood that to speak in the voice of his office was to speak for the nation, to reveal America's identity and express America's aspirations. Indeed, during the vital conflict with France, Adams's rhetoric, as much as the country's new navy, secured "the rights which belong to the United States as a free and independent nation," and "that weight and respect to which it is so justly entitled."


RHETORICAL SOURCES

Archival Materials

The 608-reel-microfilm collection of the Adams Papers, produced by the Massachusetts Historical Society, preserves the documentary history of four generations of the Adams family. That collection remains the single best source of primary material for the study of John Adams. Most of John Adams's library survives, including numerous books on rhetoric, and is kept at the Boston Public Library.

Adams Family Correspondence. 4 Vols. Edited by L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1963.

Diary and Autobiography of John Adams. 4 Vols. Edited by L. H. Butterfield. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1961.

Legal Papers of John Adams. 3 Vols. Edited by L. Kinvin Wroth and Hiller B. Zobel. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1965.

Life and Works of John Adams. (WJA). 10 Vols. Edited by Charles Francis Adams. Boston: Little, Brown, 1850- 1856.

Papers of John Adams. 8 Vols. to date. Edited by Robert J. Taylor, Mary-Jo Kline, and Gregg L. Lint. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1977- .


Rhetorical Studies

Brown Ralph Adams. The Presidency of John Adams. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1975.

Chinard Gilbert. Honest John Adams. Boston: Little, Brown, 1933.

Dauer Manning J. The Adams Federalists. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1953.

DeConde Alexander. The Quasi-War: The Politics and Diplomacy of the Undeclared War with France 1797-1801. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1966.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • An Introduction to Presidential Oratory ix
  • BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES xvii
  • George Washington (1732-1799) 3
  • Conclusion 15
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 16
  • John Adams (1735-1826) 18
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 26
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 28
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 40
  • James Madison (1751-1836) 43
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 52
  • John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 54
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 63
  • Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 65
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 75
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 77
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 89
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 93
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 107
  • Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 111
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 132
  • Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) 134
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 144
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 146
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 164
  • Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 168
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 187
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) 190
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 204
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) 210
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 225
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) 228
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 245
  • Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) 249
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 269
  • Gerald R. Ford (1913- ) 274
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 296
  • Jimmy Carter (1924- ) 299
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 311
  • Ronald Reagan (1911- ) 316
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 337
  • George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- ) 344
  • RHETORICAL SOURCES 358
  • Bill Clinton (1946- ) 361
  • RHETORICAL RESOURCES 374
  • Index 377
  • About the Editor and Contributors 387
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