"The Circle of Our Felicities": Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address and the Rhetoric of Nationhood

@article{Browne2002TheCO,
  title={"The Circle of Our Felicities": Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address and the Rhetoric of Nationhood},
  author={S. Browne},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  year={2002},
  volume={5},
  pages={409 - 438}
}
  • S. Browne
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Jefferson's first inaugural address is best understood as a conspicuous display of its author's style and thought. It is a statement about what oratory ought to look and sound like to a nation of republicans. A speech about politics, it offers as well a politics of speech, a rhetorical expression of the republican creed, and the republican expression of a rhetorical creed. The address thus constitutes its own theory of rhetoric; it is an exemplification of republican virtue, the conception… Expand
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