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The Resource Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith, (electronic resource)

Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith, (electronic resource)

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Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion
Title
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion
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Craig R. Smith
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Language
eng
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Smith, Craig R
Dewey number
973.5/092
LC call number
E340.W4
LC item number
S597 2005eb
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ebrary, Inc
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  • Webster, Daniel
  • Webster, Daniel
  • United States
  • Civil religion
  • Nationalism
  • Political oratory
  • Rhetoric
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • Legislators
  • United States
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Daniel Webster (1782--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 “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!” 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'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'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
Label
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-292) and index
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
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OCM1bookssj0000134757
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unknown
Isbn
9780826215420
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000134757
Label
Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion, Craig R. Smith, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-292) and index
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
OCM1bookssj0000134757
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780826215420
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000134757

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