ERIC Number: ED343188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Presidents as Symbols: An Investigation of John F. Kennedy's, Lyndon B. Johnson's, and Ronald Reagan's Use of Presidential Allusions.
This paper presents an examination of United States presidents' names as symbols. In developing the analysis, the paper: (1) reviews multiple perspectives which suggest that allusions to past presidents (such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, or Franklin Roosevelt) are significant political symbols; (2) discusses how allusions to past presidents function in specific situations such as ceremonies and political rallies; and (3) briefly explores the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan via presidential allusions. The paper observes that for each of the three men, allusions to other presidents occurred most frequently in ceremonial situations, and may have reflected attempts to shape societal values by providing a symbol of praiseworthy action. The paper concludes that the study adds one more layer of detail for understanding the presidency as well as American political culture. Sixty-four endnotes are included. (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Johnson (Lyndon Baines); Kennedy (John F); Political Rhetoric; Presidential Messages; Reagan (Ronald)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991). Best available copy.