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Before the Rhetorical Presidency (Hardcover): Martin J Medhurst

Before the Rhetorical Presidency (Hardcover)

Martin J Medhurst

Series: Presidential Rhetoric Series

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Since its identification in 1981, the rhetorical presidency has drawn both defenders and critics. Chief among those critical of the practice is political theorist Jeffrey K. Tulis, whose 1987 book, The Rhetorical Presidency, helped popularize the construct and set forth a sustained analysis of the baleful effects that have allegedly accompanied the shift from a "constitutional" presidency to a "rhetorical" one.
Tulis locates this shift in the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, arguing that the rhetorical presidency is a twentieth-century phenomenon. Yet not all scholars agree with this assessment. Before the Rhetorical Presidency is an attempt to investigate how U.S. presidents in the nineteenth century communicated with their publics, both congressional and popular.
In part 1, Martin J. Medhurst, Mel Laracey, Jeffrey K. Tulis, and Stephen E. Lucas set forth differing perspectives on how the rhetorical presidency ought to be understood and evaluated. In part 2, eleven scholars of nineteenth-century presidential rhetoric investigate the presidencies of Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and William McKinley.
As the first volume ever to focus on nineteenth-century presidents from a rhetorical perspective, Before the Rhetorical Presidency examines administrations, policies, and events that have never before been subjected to rhetorical analysis. The sometimes startling outcomes of these investigations reveal the need for continuing debate over the nature, practices, and effects of the rhetorical presidency.
In a brief afterword, Medhurst raises eight challenges to the original formulation of the rhetorical presidency and in so doing sets forth an agenda for future studies.


Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Presidential Rhetoric Series
Release date: December 2008
First published: November 2008
Editors: Martin J Medhurst
Dimensions: 239 x 166 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 356
ISBN-13: 978-1-60344-071-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
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Books > Humanities > History > American history
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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes > Political leaders & leadership
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
LSN: 1-60344-071-2
Barcode: 9781603440714

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