Democratic Orators from JFK to Barack Obama

  • Andrew S. Crines
  • David S. Moon
  • Robert Lehrman

Part of the Rhetoric, Politics and Society book series (RPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrew S. Crines, Robert Lehrman
    Pages 1-11
  3. Robert Lehrman
    Pages 12-31
  4. Andrew Taylor
    Pages 32-53
  5. Brendan Evans
    Pages 54-73
  6. Donna Jackson, Robert Lehrman
    Pages 74-93
  7. Timothy Heppell
    Pages 94-116
  8. Jon Herbert
    Pages 117-147
  9. Robert Busby
    Pages 148-170
  10. David S. Moon
    Pages 171-192
  11. Jon Roper
    Pages 193-216
  12. Felicia R. Stewart
    Pages 217-238
  13. Mark Bennister
    Pages 239-260
  14. Robert Lehrman, Andrew S. Crines
    Pages 261-282
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 288-313

About this book


How do leading Democratic Party figures strive to communicate with and influence their audience? Why have some proven more successful than others in advancing their ideological arguments? How do orators seek to connect with different audiences in different settings such as the Senate, conventions and through the media? This thoroughly researched and highly readable collection comprehensively evaluates these questions as well as providing an extensive interrogation of the political and intellectual significance of oratory and rhetoric in the Democratic Party. Using the Aristotelian modes of persuasion ethos, pathos and logos it draws out commonalties and differences in how the rhetoric of Democratic Party politics has shifted since the 1960s. More broadly it evaluates the impact of leading orators upon American politics and argues that effective oratory remains a vital party of American political discourse.


Democratic Party politics Obama Clinton JFK Oratory Rhetoric Leadership American Politics Political Communication communication media political communication politics rhetoric

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew S. Crines
    • 1
  • David S. Moon
    • 2
  • Robert Lehrman
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK
  2. 2.University of BathUK
  3. 3.American UniversityUSA

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