Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2004

CONTENTS

Article

    Flanagan, Jason C.
  • Woodrow Wilson's "Rhetorical Restructuring": The Transformation of the American Self and the Construction of the German Enemy
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- 1913-1921.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany.
    • Germany -- Foreign relations -- United States.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Hogan, J. Michael, 1953-
    Williams, L. Glen, 1960-
  • The Rusticity and Religiosity of Huey P. Long
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    Subject Headings:
    • Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
    • Louisiana -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Gross, Alan G.
  • Lincoln's Use of Constitutive Metaphors
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Language.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
    • Metaphor.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Brouwer, Daniel C., 1970-
  • Privacy, Publicity, and Propriety in Congressional Eulogies for Representative Stewart B. McKinney (R-Conn.)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McKinney, Stewart B., 1931- -- Death and burial.
    • Eulogies -- United States.
    • AIDS (Disease) -- Patients.
    • United States. Congress. House.
    Abstract:
      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.

Book Reviews

Review Essay

    Demo, Anne.
  • Policy and Media in Immigration Studies
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nevins, Joseph. Operation Gatekeeper: the rise of the "illegal alien" and the making of the U.S.-Mexico boundary.
    • Ono, Kent A., 1964- Shifting borders: rhetoric, immigration, and California's Proposition 187.
    • Sloop, John M., 1963-
    • Shanks, Cheryl, 1962- Immigration and the politics of American sovereignty, 1890-1990.
    • Chavez, Leo R. (Leo Ralph) Covering immigration: popular images and the politics of the nation.
    • Robinson, Greg, 1966- By order of the president: FDR and the internment of Japanese Americans.
    • Illegal aliens -- Government policy -- United States.
    • Illegal aliens -- Government policy -- California -- Public opinion.

Reviews

    Parry-Giles, Trevor, 1963-
  • Presidential Speechwriting: From the New Deal to the Reagan Revolution and Beyond (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ritter, Kurt W., ed. Presidential speechwriting: from the New Deal to the Reagan revolution and beyond.
    • Medhurst, Martin J., ed.
    • Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Franklin, Daniel P.
  • Hollywood's White House: The American Presidency in Film and History (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rollins, Peter C., ed. Hollywood's White House: the American presidency in film and history.
    • O'Connor, John E., ed.
    • United States -- In motion pictures.
    Ivie, Robert L.
  • Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Offner, Arnold A. Another such victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953.
    • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
    Carpenter, Ronald H., 1933-
  • General Eisenhower: Ideology and Discourse (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chernus, Ira, 1946- General Eisenhower: ideology and discourse.
    • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 -- Political and social views.
    Watson, Martha, 1941-
  • The Presidential Companion: Readings on the First Ladies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Watson, Robert P., 1962-, ed. Presidential companion: readings on the First Ladies.
    • Eksterowicz, Anthony J., ed.
    • Presidents' spouses -- United States.
    Charland, Maurice René.
  • Strategies of Remembrance: The Rhetorical Dimensions of National Identity Construction (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bruner, Michael Lane, 1958- Strategies of remembrance: the rhetorical dimensions of national identity construction.
    • Nationalism.
    Koemm, Lynda.
    Lay, Mary M.
  • Articulating Life's Memory: U.S. Medical Rhetoric about Abortion in the Nineteenth Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stormer, Nathan, 1966- Articulating life's memory: U.S. medical rhetoric about abortion in the nineteenth century.
    • Abortion -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
    Medhurst, Martin J.
  • Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jeffrey, David L., 1941- Houses of the interpreter: reading scripture, reading culture.
    • Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History.

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