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Author Mieder, Wolfgang.

Title Proverbs are the best policy : folk wisdom and American politics / Wolfgang Mieder.

Imprint Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, 2005.


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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 323 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-309) and indexes.
Contents "Different strokes for different folks" : American proverbs as an international, national, and global phenomenon -- "Government of the people, by the people, for the people" : the making and meaning of an American proverb about democracy -- "God helps them who help themselves" : proverbial resolve in the letters of Abigail Adams -- "A house divided against itself cannot stand" : from biblical proverb to Abraham Lincoln and beyond -- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" : Frederick Douglass's proverbial struggle for civil rights -- "It's not a president's business to catch flies" : proverbial rhetoric in presidential inaugural addresses -- "We are all in the same boat now" : proverbial discourse in the Churchill-Roosevelt correspondence -- "Good fences make good neighbors" : the sociopolitical significance of an ambiguous proverb.
Summary 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."
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Language English.
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- Miscellanea.
United States -- Politics and government -- Quotations, maxims, etc.
Proverbs, American.
Proverbs -- Political aspects -- United States.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
Politicians -- United States -- Language.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
Politicians -- Language. (OCoLC)fst01069934
Proverbs, American. (OCoLC)fst01080226
Proverbs -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01080211
Rhetoric -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01096959
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Politische Sprache
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Quotations. (OCoLC)fst01423792
Other Form: Print version: Mieder, Wolfgang. Proverbs are the best policy. Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, 2005 0874216222 (DLC) 2005018275 (OCoLC)61204246
ISBN 0874215188 (electronic bk.)
9780874215182 (electronic bk.)
0874216222 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780874216226 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000044907697
AU@ 000051405360
AU@ 000058146678
DEBSZ 430441967
GBVCP 1008649104
NZ1 14254738

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