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

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urban conventions of civility but never entirely identified with them. He is instead identified with the frontier, a near kinsman to its untamed inhabitants but also fiercely loyal to his country's most civilized ideals.

Jackson's rhetoric was energized by this persona, making him the first truly charismatic President that the nation had known. Intense popular feeling for Jackson was always matched by the zealous hatred of his detractors. Jackson, in fact, still evokes such polarized emotions. But even those who hated him were not immune to his rhetorical spell. During the summer of 1832 Jackson made an impromptu speech at the site where George Washington had taken command of his army sixty years earlier. Jackson spoke of the necessity for perseverance in defense of American liberties. John Quincy Adams, the aged professor of rhetoric who had once denounced Jackson as a "barbarian who could not write a sentence of grammar and hardly could spell his own name," watched from a distance and was moved to tears by the eloquence of the Hero of New Orleans.


RHETORICAL SOURCES

Archival Materials

There are two primary collections of Jackson manuscripts, one consisting of roughly 22,500 items, mostly correspondence, that is housed in the Library of Congress, and another in the care of the Tennessee Historical Society in Nashville consisting of over 10,000 pieces. Jackson's chief biographer, Robert Remini, has begun to collect these materials along with various other smaller collections in a series of volumes and also in a microfilm edition. Many drafts of Jackson's speeches, both in his own hand and in those of various of his advisors, can be found in the microfilm edition.

A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents. (CMPP). Edited by James D. Richardson . Vols. 2 & 3. Washington, DC: U.S. Congress, 1899.

The Statesmanship of Andrew Jackson as Told in his Writings and Speeches. (SAJ). Edited by Francis Newton Thorpe. New York: Tandy-Thomas Co., 1909.


Rhetorical Studies

Meyers Marvin. The Jacksonian Persuasion: Politics and Belief. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1957.

Remini Robert V. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy. 3 Vols. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1978, 1981, 1984.

Ward John William. Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 1955.

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  • 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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