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

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qualities of immediacy and seizing the convictions and emotions of particular audiences in their unique rhetorical situations. Perhaps Lincoln found the best combination: successful speeches early in life that rocketed him to national power and more literary speeches later in life through which he speaks to the ages. As Basler wrote, "His prose may yet be recognized as his most permanent legacy to humanity."


RHETORICAL SOURCES

Archival Materials

Abraham Lincoln Association Papers (Lincoln reference file), Illinois State Historical Library.

Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress.

John G. Nicolay Papers, Library of Congress.

Louis A. Warren Lincoln Library and Museum, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Papers of Lincoln's Cabinet Members, Lincoln National Life Foundation.

William Henry Seward Papers, University of Rochester.

Basler Roy P., ed. Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings. Cleveland, OH: World Publishing Company, 1946.

-----, Marion D. Pratt, and Lloyd A. Dunlap, eds. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. (CW). 9 Vols. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953.


Rhetorical Studies

Auer J. Jeffery, ed. Antislavery and Disunion, 1858-1861: Studies in the Rhetoric of Compromise and Conflict. New York: Harper and Row, 1963.

Barton William E. Lincoln at Gettysburg: What He Intended to Say; What He Said; What He Was Reported to Have Said, What He Wished He Had Said. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1930.

Barzun Jacques. Lincoln the Literary Genius. Evanston, IL: Evanston Publishing Company, 1960.

-----. On Writing, Editing, and Publishing. 2d ed. 65-81. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Basler Roy P., ed. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Supplement 1832-1865. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1974.

-----, and Lloyd C. Dunlap, eds. Long Remembered: Facsimiles of the Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address in the Handwriting of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, DC: The Library of Congress, 1963.

Blegen Theodore C. Lincoln's Imagery: A Study in Word Power. La Crosse, WI: Sumac Press, 1954.

Boritt Gabor S. The Historian's Lincoln: Pseudohistory, Psychohistory, and History. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

Braden Waldo W. Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

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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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