The Presidential Inaugural: Sources

The inaugural address is one of several genres of presidential speech that have been defined and studied.

Sources in Political Rhetoric and Communication

Bailey, M. E., & Lindeholm, K. (2003). Tocqueville and the rhetoric of civil religion in the presidential inaugural addresses. Christian Scholar's Review, 23, 259-279.

Barone, Michael. “The Theater of Inaugurals. (Cover Story).” U.S. News & World Report, vol. 114, no. 3, Jan. 1993, p. 51.

Beasley, Vanessa B. "The Rhetoric of Ideological Consensus in the United States: American Principles and American Pose in Presidential Inaugurals." Communication Monographs 68 (2001): 169-183.

Bradley, Bert E. "Jefferson and Reagan: The Rhetoric of Two Inaugurals." Southern Journal of Speech Communication 48 (1983): 119-136.

Bradley, Bert E. "A Response to "Two Inaugurals: A Second Look"." Southern Journal of Speech Communication 48 (1983): 386-390.

Browne, Stephen Howard. "'Circle of Our Felicities': Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address and the Rhetoric of Nationhood." Rhetoric and Public Affairs 5 (2002): 409-.

Browne, Stephen Howard. Jefferson's Call for Nationhood: The First Inaugural Address. College Station: Texas A & M UP, 2003.

Browne, Stephen Howard. (2016) "Sacred Fire of Liberty"; the constitutional origins of Washington's first inaugural address. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 19, 397 – 425.

Carpenter, Ronald H. "On Allan Nevins, Grand Style in Discourse, and John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address: The Trajectory of Stylistic Confluence." Style 46, no. 1 (2012): 1-26. [].

Carpenter, Ronald H. (2005). Rhetorical eloquence: John F. Kennedy's inaugural address. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Chester, Edward W. Beyond the rhetoric: A new look at presidential inaugural addresses. Presidential Studies Quarterly 10/4 (1980): 571-581.

Daughton, Suzanne M. "Metaphorical Transcendence: Images of the Holy War in Franklin Roosevelt's First Inaugural." Quarterly Journal of Speech 79 (1993): 427-46. Web. 1 May 2015.

Frank, David A., (2011). Obama’s rhetorical signature: Cosmopolitan Civil Religion in the Presidential Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14, 605–630.

Germino, Dante L. The Inaugural Addresses of American Presidents: The Public Philosophy and Rhetoric. Lanham, MD: UP of America, 1984.

Getz, D. C. (1994). "Rhetoric and ritual in the Arkansas inaugural addresses." In S. A. Smith (Ed.), Bill Clinton on stump, state, and stage: The Rhetorical road to the White House. (pp. 23-51). Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.

Harris, Barbara Ann. "The Inaugural of Richard Milhous Nixon: A Reply to Robert L. Scott." Western Journal of Communication 34 (1970): 231-234.

Hillbruner, Anthony. "Archetype and Signature: Nixon and the 1973 Inaugural." Central States Speech Journal 25 (1974): 169-181.

Houck, Davis W. F. D. R. and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address. College Station: Texas A&M UP, 2002.

Kenny, Edward B. "Another Look at Kennedy's Inaugural Address." Communication Quarterly 13 (1965): 17-19.

King, Robert D. "Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Inaugural Address." Quarterly Journal of Speech 23 (1937): 439-444.

Lucas, Stephen E. "Genre Criticism and Historical Context: The Case of George Washington's First Inaugural Address." Southern Speech Communication Journal 51 (1985): 354-370.

Milford, M. (2016). National identity, crisis, and the inaugural genre: George W. Bush and 9/11. Southern Communication Journal, 81, 18-31.

Phifer, Gregg. "Two Inaugurals: A Second Look." Southern Journal of Speech Communication 48 (1983): 378-385.

Ryan, Halford Ross (Ed) (1993). The inaugural addresses of Twentieth-century American presidents. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ryan, Halford Ross. "Roosevelt's First Inaugural: A Study of Technique." Quarterly Journal of Speech 65 (1979): 137-149.

Ryan, Halford Ross. "Roosevelt's Fourth Inaugural Address: A Study of Its Composition." Quarterly Journal of Speech 67 (1979): 157-166.

Scott, Robert L. "Response to Barbara Ann Harris." //Western Journal of Communication 34 //(1970): 235-236.

Scott, Robert L. "Rhetoric that Postures: An Intrinsic Reading of Richard M. Nixon's Inaugural Address." Western Journal of Communication 34 (1970): 46-52.

Sigelman, L. (1996). Presidential inaugurals: The modernization of a genre. Political Communication, 13, 81-92.

Silvestri, Vito N. “Background Perspectives on John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.” Political Communication & Persuasion, 8, 1–15.

Smith, Robert W. "The 'Second' Inaugural Address of Lyndon Baines Johnson: A Definitive Text." Speech Monographs 34 (1967): 102-108.

Wolfarth, Donald. "John F. Kennedy in the Tradition of Inaugural Speeches." Quarterly Journal of Speech 47 (1961): 124-132.

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