Popular Images of American Presidents

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William C. Spragens
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1988 - History - 625 pages
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The contributors to this volume examine the popular images of twenty-two American presidents. They attempt to determine the public standing of these presidencies and consider each president in terms of his image over time. It is argued that fluctuations in succeeding generations' interpretations of past presidents are significant to understanding the kaleidoscopic nature of presidential images. A variety of analytical approaches is employed, including examination of historical narrative, content analysis of editorials and news coverage, and explication of public opinion survey data. For public reactions and the reactions of other leadership figures, the contributors have drawn from the contemporary press as well as from the writings of historians and political scientists. This collection of essays will open avenues of thought on American political history anb shed new light on the character of past presidents. It will be indispensable to those engaged in the study of political history and political science.

 

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Contents

GEORGE WASHINGTON
1
THOMAS JEFFERSON
27
ANDREW JACKSON
47
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
67
RUTHERFORD B HAYES
105
GROVER CLEVELAND
131
WILLIAM McKINLEY
147
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
185
HARRY TRUMAN
387
DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
411
JOHN F KENNEDY
437
LYNDON B JOHNSON
477
RICHARD M NIXON
499
GERALD R FORD
523
JIMMY CARTER
539
RONALD REAGAN
563

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
211
WOODROW WILSON
239
WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING
267
CALVIN COOLIDGE
297
HERBERT HOOVER
325
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
347
CYCLES IN THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF PRESIDENTS
587
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
607
INDEX
611
CONTRIBUTORS
621
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Page 7 - You would have thought the very windows spake, So many greedy looks of young and old Through casements darted their desiring eyes Upon his visage ; and that all the walls With painted imagery had said at once " Jesu preserve thee ! welcome, Bolingbroke ! " Whilst he, from one side to the other turning, Bareheaded, lower than his proud steed's neck, Bespake them thus, — " I thank you, countrymen : " And thus still doing, thus he pass'd along.
Page 3 - And let me conjure you, in the name of our common country, as you value your own sacred honor, as you respect the rights of humanity, and as you regard the military and national character of America, to express your utmost horror and detestation of the man who wishes, under any specious pretences, to overturn the liberties of our country ; and who wickedly attempts to open the flood-gates of civil discord, and deluge our rising empire in blood.

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WILLIAM C. SPRAGENS is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he taught from 1969 to 1986.

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