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

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president, which was a valid expression of his presidency then and is a fitting epitaph to his presidential oratory now: "I have a deep and abiding faith in the destiny of free men."


RHETORICAL SOURCES

Archival Materials

The most important sources for the study of Truman's presidential rhetoric are in the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri. The papers of Harry S. Truman and speech files contain preliminary drafts as well as the final reading copy for all of his speeches. The President's secretary's files and speech files, also contain important drafts and memoranda for the process of inventing and editing the speeches. One may consult the papers of Truman's speech advisers: David Bell, Clark Clifford, George Elsey, Joseph Jones, David Lloyd, Charles Murphy, Richard Neustadt, and Samuel Rosenman.

The oral history interviews of David Bell, Clark Clifford, Matthew Connelly, George Elsey, Charles Murphy, Leonard Reinsch, and Samuel I. Rosenman concern Truman's rhetorical practices and his interactions with the speech staff.

The library collects audiovisual materials, including clips from newsreels, voice recordings, television tapes, and an extensive photographic collection.

The President's personal file, PPF-200, contains letters and telegrams that were sent with regard to his speeches.

The Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S. Truman. (PPP). 8 Vols. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1961- 1966.


Rhetorical Studies

Burns Richard Dean. Harry S. Truman: A Bibliography of his Times and Presidency. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1984.

Clifford Clark. Counsel to the President. New York: Random House, 1991.

Donovan Robert J. Conflict and Crisis: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1945-1948. New York: W. W. Norton, 1977.

Germino Dante. The Inaugural Addresses of American Presidents. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984.

Gosnell Harold F. A Political Biography of Harry S. Truman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Hinds Lynn Boyd, and Theodore Otto Windt Jr. The Cold War as Rhetoric: The Beginnings, 1945-1950. New York: Praeger, 1991.

Jones Joseph. The Fifteen Weeks. New York: Viking Press, 1955.

Kirkendall Richard S., ed. The Truman Period as a Research Field. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1967.

-----. The Harry S. Truman Encyclopedia. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989.

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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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