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Collection
Boston Athenaeum
Series
WGBH Forum Network
Program
Rhetoric of Elections: A History of Presidential Eloquence
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
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Description
Wayne Fields discusses the role of rhetoric in the 2008 American presidential election, and compares it with the rhetoric of past elections throughout history.
The notion of presidential rhetoric can seem a bit esoteric to those of us who have become accustomed to breakneck election coverage and a 24-hour news cycle. Washington University professor Wayne Fields, however, would beg to differ. An expert on American political argument who is frequently called upon to comment upon political rhetoric, Fields has drawn from a wealth of speeches, secondary scholarship, and political theory to come up with a theory of his own: that rhetoric serves to help unite diverse groups of Americans. In his book A Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence Dr. Fields says that for presidents, the work, and the obligation of their eloquence, is to hold an ever enlarging 'us' together even as we lament the difference between what we want and what we have. From Jefferson's Enlightenment cadences to Lincoln's
Topics
History
Politics and Government
Subjects
History; Politics
Contributor
Fields, Wayne, American cult. studies, Washington U, Wardrobe
Publisher
WGBH, Distributor
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Chicago: “Boston Athenaeum; WGBH Forum Network; Rhetoric of Elections: A History of Presidential Eloquence,” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 22, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-7m03x83r3x.
MLA: “Boston Athenaeum; WGBH Forum Network; Rhetoric of Elections: A History of Presidential Eloquence.” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 22, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-7m03x83r3x>.
APA: Boston Athenaeum; WGBH Forum Network; Rhetoric of Elections: A History of Presidential Eloquence. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-7m03x83r3x