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The Resource Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith

Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith

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Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion
Title
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion
Statement of responsibility
Craig R. Smith
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Daniel Webster (1782{u2013}1852) embodied the golden age of oratory in America by mastering each of the major genres of public speaking of the time. Even today, many of his victories before the Supreme Court remain as precedents. Webster served in the House, the Senate, and twice as secretary of state. He was so famous as a political orator that his reply 2Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!3 to Senator Robert Hayne in a debate in 1830 was memorized by schoolboys and was on the lips of Northern soldiers as they charged forward in the Civil War. There would have been no 1850 Compromise without Webster, and without the Compromise, the Civil War might well have come earlier to an unprepared North. Webster was also the consummate ceremonial speaker. He advanced Whig virtues and solidified support for the Union through civil religion, creating a transcendent symbol for the nation that became a metaphor for the working constitutional framework. While several biographies have been written about Webster, none has focused on his oratorical talent. This study examines Webster{u2019}s incredible career from the perspective of his great speeches and how they created a civil religion that moved citizens beyond loyalty and civic virtue to true romantic patriotism. Craig R. Smith places Webster{u2019}s speeches in their historical context and then uses the tools of rhetorical criticism to analyze them. He demonstrates that Webster understood not only how rhetorical genres function to meet the expectations of the moment but also how they could be braided to produce long-lasting and literate discourse."--Publishers website
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Craig R
Dewey number
973.5/092
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E340.W4
LC item number
S597 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
University of Missouri Press
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Webster, Daniel
  • Webster, Daniel
  • United States
  • Civil religion
  • Nationalism
  • Political oratory
  • Rhetoric
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • United States
  • Legislators
Label
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The foundation of Webster's civil religion -- A Boston lawyer -- The lion returns -- Civic duty in the romantic age -- Liberty and union -- Legal and partisan wrangling -- Abolition confounds the two-party system -- Secretary Webster -- War with Mexico -- National crisis, Capitol gridlock -- Consummating compromise -- Twilight time
Control code
56535046
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780826215420
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004020732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portraits
Label
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The foundation of Webster's civil religion -- A Boston lawyer -- The lion returns -- Civic duty in the romantic age -- Liberty and union -- Legal and partisan wrangling -- Abolition confounds the two-party system -- Secretary Webster -- War with Mexico -- National crisis, Capitol gridlock -- Consummating compromise -- Twilight time
Control code
56535046
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780826215420
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004020732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portraits

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