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

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concealed conservative pondering progressive social change. His enthusiasm for seeking social reform was tempered wisely with a realistic assessment calculating the difficulties discerned within a specific situation. Described by some critics as a visionary or an opportunist, he responded decisively to particular rhetorical situations with rare vision and extraordinary patience. A serious student familiar with ancient history, he knew that Rome, and much more the universe, was not created in a single day. Yet he communicated consistently a congenial optimism and unshaken confidence that the passing of time favored the causes and convictions that he championed. Schooling himself in a carefully moderated self-restraint and carefully controlling his exuberant imagination, he generally denied himself in public what Malone described as "the extravagances of speech he not infrequently indulged in private." Like John Adams, he knew that the Revolution happened first in the minds of people, and he comprehended that the Revolution would be continuous. Jefferson's was a perpetual revolt, an enduring declaration of independence, against all powers and principalities that would diminish the unquenchable human spirit.


RHETORICAL SOURCES

Archival Materials

Jefferson's speeches have been gathered in several collections.

Jefferson Thomas. The Complete Jefferson. (CJ). Assembled and arranged by Saul K. Padover. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.

-----. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. (WTJ). Vol. 8. Edited by H. A. Washington. New York: Riker, Thorne, and Company, 1854.

-----. Thomas Jefferson: Writings. (TJW). Compiled by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1984.


Rhetorical Studies

Adams James Truslow. The Living Jefferson. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936.

Berman Eleanor Davidson. Thomas Jefferson Among the Arts. New York: Philosophical Library, 1947.

Binger Carl. Thomas Jefferson: A Well-Tempered Mind. New York: W. W. Norton, 1970.

Brodie Fawn M. Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1974.

Chinard Gilbert. Thomas Jefferson: Apostle of Americanism. Boston: Little, Brown, 1944.

Cunningham Noble E., Jr. In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1987.

Fleming Thomas. The Man from Monticello: An Intimate Life of Thomas Jefferson. New York: William Morrow, 1969.

Foote Henry Wilder. The Religion of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Braziller, 1975.

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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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