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ERIC Number: EJ770645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
George W. Bush's Post-September 11 Rhetoric of Covenant Renewal: Upholding the Faith of the Greatest Generation
Bostdorff, Denise M.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v89 n4 p293-319 Nov 2003
The appeal of Bush's post-September 11 discourse lies in its similarities with the Puritan rhetoric of covenant renewal by which ministers brought second- and third-generation Puritans into the church. Through this epideictic discourse, Bush implored younger Americans to uphold the national covenant of their "elders," the World War II generation, through support of the war on terrorism, and he revitalized the faith of the older generation. Bush's covenant renewal rhetoric in the context of September 11 inaugurated him into the presidency. It also explains his predilection for unilateral and/or pre-emptive action and his call for acts of local community service. (Contains 123 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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