The Evolutionary Rhetorical Presidency

Tracing the Changes in Presidential Address and Power

by Ryan Lee Teten (Author)
©2011 Monographs XIV, 229 Pages


This book is an evolutionary examination of the rhetoric of the President of the United States, from George Washington to George W. Bush. It provides a close analysis of the history and content of inaugural addresses, State of the Union addresses, presidential proclamations, and executive orders in order to trace the changes in their use and impact from their origin to the present day. Content analysis of these forms of executive address are combined with case studies and illustrations to provide a complete look at the way that – contrary to the widely held ascription to a clear «traditional» versus «modern» divide – the presidents of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries have all contributed to the rhetorical tools and powers that the current president wields in the execution of his duty. The Evolutionary Rhetorical Presidency is widely useful not only for standard governmental classes on, for example, the Presidency or on political communication, but also for courses in history, leadership studies, and rhetoric.


XIV, 229
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (July)
Politics Government The Executive Branch
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XIV, 229 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Ryan Lee Teten (Author)

Ryan Lee Teten is Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Louisiana. He received his BA in political science and English from Clemson University in South Carolina, and his PhD in political science, with a specialization in American politics and political institutions, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has had work published on the political learnings and socialization of children, negative and positive advertising, public opinion, popular culture, and the use of non-traditional texts in the teaching of political science.


Title: The Evolutionary Rhetorical Presidency