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The Right Words : Great Republican Speeches That Shaped History - Wynton C. Hall

The Right Words

Great Republican Speeches That Shaped History

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Award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter Wynton Hall brings together the Republican Party's greatest oratorical gems, from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Teddy Roosevelt's the Man with the Muckrake to Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and George W. Bush's "our mission and our moment" speech after 9/11. Hall examines the historical context of each of these great addresses and reveals the persuasive secrets that make each speech truly outstanding.

Hall, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, believes that "Leftist Academe" has effected an "erasure of Republican remembrance," something he seeks to correct with this collection of 17 speeches by members of the Grand Old Party. Some of these texts are seminal pieces of American political oratory-- Richard Nixon's "Checkers" speech; Reagan's 1987 remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In his prefatory notes to each speech, Hall teases out themes, such as commitments to "individualism, military strength, and self-reliance," that have long marked Republican thinking. Unfortunately, Hall's hysterical introduction to the book-- which is more about the "radicalized professoriate" and the "liberal Democrats [who] dominate our nation's campuses" than about Republicans-- will alienate readers who don't share his partisan viewpoint. Indeed, this anthology doesn't adequately testify to ideological diversity within the Republican Party; yes, Lincoln's two most famous speeches (the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural) lead the book, and Hall includes two by Teddy Roosevelt, but after that, it's on to William F. Buckley and Dwight Eisenhower. This would have been a much different book had Hall included samples of, say, Radical Republican speechifying during Reconstruction. "(Mar.)" ("Publishers Weekly," November 27, 2006)

Acknowledgments.

INTRODUCTION.

The Elephant Poachers: Leftist Academe and the Erasure of Republican Remembrance.

1 Abraham Lincoln: The First and Greatest.

The Gettysburg Address

NOVEMBER 19, 1863, BATTLEFIELD, GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.

Second Inaugural

MARCH 4, 1865, U.S. CAPITOL,WASHINGTON, D.C.

2 Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough-Riding Rhetorician.

The Strenuous Life

APRIL 10, 1899,THE HAMILTON CLUB, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

The Man with the Muck-Rake

APRIL 15, 1906,WASHINGTON, D.C.

3 William F. Buckley Jr.: American Conservatism Finds Its Spokesman in the Speech That Wasn't.

Yale Alumni Day Speech

FEBRUARY 1950 (UNDELIVERED), YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.

4 Dwight D. Eisenhower: Strategic Speechifying.

Atoms for Peace

DECEMBER 8, 1953, UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

“Little Rock”

SEPTEMBER 24, 1957, OVAL OFFICE,THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, D.C.

5 Everett Dirksen: The Speech That Made the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Possible.

“The Time Has Come”

JUNE 10, 1964, U.S. SENATE,WASHINGTON, D.C.

6 Barry Goldwater: “You Know He's Right”.

“Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice”

JULY 16, 1964, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, THE COW PALACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.

7 Richard M. Nixon: The Beginning of the End.

“Checkers”

SEPTEMBER 23, 1952, U.S. CAPITOL,WASHINGTON, D.C.

8 Gerald R. Ford: “Our Long National Nightmare Is Over”.

Oath of the U.S. Presidency

AUGUST 9, 1974, EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.

9 Ronald Reagan: A Shining Speaker on a Hill.

“The Evil Empire”

MARCH 8, 1983, ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS, ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

Challenger

JANUARY 28, 1986, OVAL OFFICE,THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.

“Mr. Gorbachev,Tear Down This Wall”

JUNE 12, 1987, BRANDENBURG GATE, BERLIN, GERMANY.

10 Newt Gingrich: The Revolutionary Speaker.

“The Contract with America”

JANUARY 4, 1995, INAUGURAL SPEECH AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,WASHINGTON, D.C.

11 George W. Bush: His Mission and His Moment.

“Justice Will Be Done”

SEPTEMBER 20, 2001, JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS, U.S. CAPITOL,WASHINGTON, D.C.

12 John McCain: The Maverick and His Message.

“A Disingenuous Filmmaker”

AUGUST 30, 2004, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK, NEW YORK.

Notes.

Index.

ISBN: 9780471758167
ISBN-10: 0471758167
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.47