Proverbs are the best policy: Folk Wisdom and American politics

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Proverbs Are The Best Policy: Folk Wisdom And American Politics, Page: 1-323

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/49; http://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:14745
DOI:
10.2307/j.ctt4cgr04
ISBN:
9780874216226; 9780874215182; 9781283283427
OCLC:
936779688; 823854482; 934666463; 62425176; 954121231; 1008947118; 811125328; 794698251; 260121884
Author(s):
Mieder, Wolfgang, author.
Publisher(s):
JSTOR; Utah State University Press; Utah State University, University Libraries; Utah State Univ. Press
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Social Sciences; Proverbs are the best policy; folk wisdom; american politics; History; United States History
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Wolfgang Mieder, widely considered the world's greatest proverb scholar, here considers the role of proverbial speech on the American political stage from the Revolutionary War to the present. He begins his survey by discussing the origins and characteristics American proverbs and their spread across the globe hand in hand with America's international political role. He then looks at the history of the defining proverb of American democracy, "government of the people, by the people, for the people." Subsequent essays consider such matters as Abigail Adams's masterful use of politically charged proverbs; the conversion of the biblical proverb "a house divided against itself cannot stand" into a political expression; Frederick Douglass's proverbial prowess in the battle against racial injustice; how United States presidents have employed proverbial speech in their inaugural addresses; and the proverbial language in the World War II correspondence between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, which sharpened their communication and helped forge bonds of cooperation. Mieder concludes with an insightful, relevant examination of the significance of the ambiguous proverb "good fences make good neighbors." © 2005 by Utah State University Press. All Rights Reserved.