The Lion and the Lamb: De-mythologizing Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats

  title={The Lion and the Lamb: De-mythologizing Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats},
  author={Elvin Yuan Ting Lim},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  pages={437 - 464}
  • E. Lim
  • Published 11 November 2003
  • History
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
We are accustomed to a characterization of Franklin Roosevelt's legendary Fireside Chats as intimate exchanges between the president and the people. This essay argues that the Fireside Chats were a harsher, more castigatory rhetorical genre than such a characterization would allow. A content analysis of the 27 Fireside Chats recorded in FDR's Public Papers suggests that the Fireside Chats were, on a number of indices, far less intimate than have traditionally been supposed, and in fact among… 

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