English Honors Papers

Document Type

Restricted

Advisor

Hubert Cook

Publication Date

2021

Comments

This paper is restricted to use on the Connecticut College campus only until May 18, 2022.

Abstract

In this thesis, I explore the ways in which rhetoric is used as a tool within the American presidency. I also study how the concept of the heroic president and gender affect how US presidents communicate with the American people. I then examine the very story of the United States and how words can build publics and counterpublics while remaining distant from platitudes. Finally, I define the presidential function and the ways in which US presidents are able to use the power of definition to shift focus away from massive tragedies.

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