Civic republicanism in the modern age: Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 presidential campaign

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This essay examines the 1952 presidential campaign as an instance of contemporary civic republicanism. The essay claims that Stevenson adapted the tenets of republicanism as a pragmatic response to the obstacles that confronted him in his race for the White House. Analysis of his campaign rhetoric reveals the strengths and limitations of republicanism as a political argument. The essay explores the complex relationship between rhetorical style, political judgment, and presidential campaign discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages16
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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