From a comprehensive study of the public addresses of Woodrow Wilson in the period following the outbreak of the war in Europe in August 1914 to the war's conclusion in June 1919, this essay examines Wilson's transformation of the long-held vision of America as merely a great example of liberty to its embodiment as the self-sacrificing champion of liberty. It will demonstrate how this transformation of the American "self" was inextricably connected to a changing image of the war and the construction of an enemy image of the German government.
Louisiana -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Challenging the conventional portrait of Huey P. Long as a Southern demagogue, this essay argues for a new understanding of the Kingfish that better accounts for how he simultaneously forged a fiercely loyal following of "common folk" and outraged, even terrorized, a "better" class of citizens. Focusing on Long's rise to national prominence between 1933 and 1935, we locate the rhetorical and symbolic power of Long's Share Our Wealth crusade not in the economic "deal" he offered poor people, but in the rusticity of his political persona and the religiosity of his radio addresses.
What is the role of metaphor in Lincoln's major public addresses? My position is that metaphor is central to these speeches, that it constitutes their persuasive core. Lincoln uses such metaphors to mobilize deep-seated, shared values and their concomitant emotional resonances. He does so in the interest of creating a social and political reality worthy of the founders and the American people. The tapping of these resources is a reaffirmation of nationhood as a common enterprise founded in a common past.
When U.S. House Representative Stewart B. McKinney (R-Conn.) died of AIDS-related causes on May 7, 1987, while still in office, House representatives and senators eulogized the departed from their respective chamber floors. An examination of these eulogies reveals Congress members' extraordinary concern about propriety within their forums, particularly with regard to the proper boundaries between the public and the private.