In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

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In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

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This first book-length critical analysis of Kennedy's public address defines how he aroused Americans to rise to the opportunities and challenges that he defined for them. This rigorously researched study offers an in-depth analysis of the development of President Kennedy as a public speaker and a balanced view of his civil rights, foreign policy, presidential, and other types of speeches. Eight speech texts accompany the analysis. This reference and teaching tool also offers a selected chronology of major speeches along with a bibliography of important primary and secondary sources. Designed for students, teachers, and professionals in the fields of rhetoric, political communication, presidential studies, and American history.

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9780313277702

Publication Date

1995

Publisher

Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.

City

Westport, CT

Disciplines

Communication | United States History

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Bernard K. Duffy,

Foreword by Halford R. Ryan

Preface

Acknowledgments

Pt. I: Critical Analysis

John F. Kennedy: A Rhetorical Introduction, 3.

A New Beginning, 21.

Kennedy and Civil Rights, 55.

President Kennedy's Foreign Policy Discourse: A Rhetoric of Romantic Pragmatism, 91.

Pt. II: Collected Speeches

Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, September 12, 1960, 151.

Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, 155.

Address Before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 20, 1961, 159.

Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Berlin Crisis, July 25, 1961, 163.

Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Soviet Buildup in Cuba, October 22, 1962, 171.

Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963, 177.

Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963, 181.

Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, July 26, 1963, 189.

Selected Chronology of Major Presidential Speeches and Remarks, 195.

Selected Bibliography, 199.

Index, 215.

In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy

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