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Author Houck, Davis W.
Title FDR's body politics : the rhetoric of disability / Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe.
Imprint College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2003.
Edition 1st ed.

Author Houck, Davis W.
Series Presidential rhetoric series ; no. 8
Presidential rhetoric series ; no. 8.
Subject Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Health.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Language.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Public opinion.
Physical fitness -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Human body -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
People with disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
English language -- United States -- Rhetoric.
Public opinion -- United States.
Disabled Persons -- psychology.
Attitude to Health.
History, 20th Century.
Human Body.
United States.
Alt Name Kiewe, Amos.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 141 pages) : illustrations
Edition 1st ed.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-138) and index.
Contents Keeping secrets -- Quo vadis? -- In sickness and in health -- Looking for looker -- A new deal and a new body -- A satisfactory embodiment -- Body politics.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
Summary Franklin Roosevelt instinctively understood that a politician of his era who was unable to control his own body would be perceived as unable to control the body politic. He therefore took great care to hide his polioinduced lameness both visually and verbally. In FDR's Body Politics, Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe draw on never-before-used primary sources to analyze the silences surrounding Roosevelt's disability, the words he chose to portray himself and his policies as powerful and health-giving, and the methods he used to maximize the appearance of physical strength. They examine his broad strategies, as well as the speeches Roosevelt delivered during his political comeback after polio struck, to understand how he overcame the whispering campaign against him in 1928 and 1932. Ultimately, this is a story of triumph and courage that reveals a master politician's understanding of the body politic in the most fundamental of ways.
Note English.
ISBN 158544894X (electronic bk.)
9781585448944 (electronic bk.)
158544233X (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781585442331 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 53976674
Additional Format Print version: Houck, Davis W. FDR's body politics. 1st ed. College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2003 158544233X (DLC) 2002012925 (OCoLC)50422875

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