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Author Smith, Craig R.
Title Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion / Craig R. Smith.
Imprint Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2005.

Author Smith, Craig R.
Subject Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 -- Political and social views.
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 -- Oratory.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
Civil religion -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political oratory -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- History and criticism.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource (300 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 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.
Note Print version record.
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
Summary Annotation 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
Note English.
ISBN 0826264298 (electronic bk.)
9780826264299 (electronic bk.)
0826215424 (alk. paper)
9780826215420 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780826215420
OCLC # 61395479
Additional Format Print version: Smith, Craig R. Daniel Webster and the oratory of civil religion. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2005 0826215424 (DLC) 2004020732 (OCoLC)56535046

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