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Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion /
Craig R. Smith.
imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2005.
description
300 p.
ISBN
0826215424 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2005.
isbn
0826215424 (alk. paper)
contents note
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.
catalogue key
5363198
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Craig R. Smith is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach
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"This is a first-rate book. There is no other work of which I am aware that offers such a comprehensive treatment of Webster from a rhetorical point of view."
"This is a first-rate book. There is no other work of which I am aware that offers such a comprehensive treatment of Webster from a rhetorical point of view."-- Martin J. Medhurst
"Smith has a talent for really bringing his subject matter to life. Webster, the consummate orator' of the nineteenth century, is there to behold (and almost converse with) throughout the narrative and critical analysis. . . . [Smith] constructs a compelling historical narrative by weaving together masterful rhetorical analyses of many of Webster's splendid oratorical performances."-- Michael J. Hyde
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Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a statesman and lawyer who embodied the golden age of oratory in America; mastering each of the major genres of public speaking of the time. This study examines Webster's career and how his great speeches and created a 'civil religion' that moved citizens to true romantic patriotism.
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Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a statesman and lawyer who embodied the golden age of oratory in America, mastering each of the major genres of public speaking of the time. This study examines Webster's career and how his great speeches and created a "civil religion" that moved citizens to true romantic patriotism.
Main Description
Daniel Webster (17821852) 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.
Main Description
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.
Long Description
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was a statesman and lawyer who 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 during 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 proficient as a ceremonial speaker, in which role he advanced Whig virtues and solidified support for the Union through civil religion. This provided a transcendent symbol for the nation and became the 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 into their historic 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.

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