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By B. Altschuler

ISBN-10: 0230110177

ISBN-13: 9780230110175

 Although movies in regards to the presidency were a favored topic for research, there's no identical literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This booklet fills that hole via analyzing intimately approximately 50 performs depicting historic, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in executive has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st half the 20th century were changed on degree by way of such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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Despite the ability of each to ask questions of the other, the debates more resembled 21 speeches than the give-andtake expected today or even in the 1950s. Corwin found the questions asked so lengthy and undramatic that he omitted them entirely. Long speeches had to be rearranged into far shorter attacks and 26 Acting Presidents counterattacks. ”91 To help the audience understand the context of the debates, Douglas’s wife Adele acts as its surrogate. In conversations with her husband and asides to the audience, she provides information likely to be unfamiliar to mid-twentieth-century audiences.

As Abe’s victory becomes apparent, the looming threat of Southern secession casts a pall on the celebration. In his essay, Sherwood concedes that there was in fact little suspense about the election’s outcome. The nation’s uncertainty was over the likelihood of civil war. The play comes to a stirring conclusion with Lincoln’s speech to a cheering crowd as he departs from Springfield to assume the presidency amid fears of assassination. As in the debates, Sherwood blends material from other speeches into the actual words used that day, transforming what was a largely personal address into one that ends with a restatement of the issues thematic to the play.

The nation’s uncertainty was over the likelihood of civil war. The play comes to a stirring conclusion with Lincoln’s speech to a cheering crowd as he departs from Springfield to assume the presidency amid fears of assassination. As in the debates, Sherwood blends material from other speeches into the actual words used that day, transforming what was a largely personal address into one that ends with a restatement of the issues thematic to the play. “I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return,” he tells those gathered, but stresses more the gravity of the nation’s plight with the very ideals of the Declaration of Independence being threatened.

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