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Celebrating the Republic :presidential ceremony and popular sovereignty, from Washington to Monroe /Sandra Moats.

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Moats, Sandra.
DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press
Introduction: "Untrodden ground" : presidential ceremony and popular sovereignty -- "Ceremonies, endless ceremonies" : the people and Congress inaugurate a president -- "To preserve the dignity and respect" : Washington's republican approach to presidential ceremony -- "We deal in ink only" : Jefferson's rhetorical opposition to Federalist ceremony -- Desperately seeking "good feelings" : Monroe's Northern tour of 1817 -- "The success and stability of our republican institutions" : Monroe's Southern tour of 1819 -- Conclusion: Celebrations, parties, and antebellum politics.
"In Celebrating the Republic, Sandra Moats examines how the first five presidents - with special emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe - invented the American political culture that endures today. Drawing from the chaotic political culture of the founding era, these presidents used symbolism to connect the national government to the people at large. Their efforts defined republican government for the founding generation and those to follow." "Moats details the trials and errors of our founding fathers as they tried to symbolically establish the authority of the office of the president and the federal government. An elaborate mechanism designed to "crown" Washington with a laurel wreath at his inauguration shows the struggle of early leaders to invent appropriate and inspiring signs and rituals compatible with republican ideas. We now take for granted the trappings of our government, but titles, accessibility, protocol, tours, and inaugurations were all topics of great debate and deliberate decision making in the early republic." "Celebrating the Republic elaborates on the stylistic differences between Washington and Jefferson and shows that John Adams and James Madison floundered while trying to develop their own styles. Washington, responding to the monarchical rituals instituted by the public and Congress, created a ceremonial presidency complete with tours and formal receptions. Jefferson rejected this in favor of an informal style and an emphasis on rhetoric and the written word rather than ritual. Moats points to Monroe as an example of a leader who successfully combined elements of both the formal and the informal approaches. Scholars of the early republic and the presidency, as well as casual readers interested in the founding fathers, will find much to enjoy in this entertaining study."--BOOK JACKET.
xii, 243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Complimentary copy, March 27, 2010. Historic New England image on page 102. (Harrison Gray Otis portrait)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
087580411X (clothbound : alk. paper)
9780875804118 (clothbound : alk. paper)
Call Number
Stacks E176.1.M73 2010
Descriptive terms
Political culture History 18th century.
Political culture History 19th century.
Political customs and rites History 18th century.
Political customs and rites History 19th century.
Politics and government 1783-1809.
Politics and government 1809-1817.
Politics and government 1817-1825.
Politieke cultuur
Presidents History 18th century.
Presidents History 19th century.
Sovereignty Social aspects History.
United States
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