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Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History
Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History Jan R. Van Meter 0226849694 9780226849690 By necessity, by proclivity, by delight, Ralph Waldo Emerson said in 1876, we all quote. But often the phrases that fall most read
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Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History by Jan R. Van Meter

By necessity, by proclivity, by delight, Ralph Waldo Emerson said in 1876, we all quote. But often the phrases that fall most readily from our collective lipslike fire when ready, nbsp;speak softly and carry a big stick, or nice guys finish lastare those whose origins and true meanings we have ceased to consider. Restoring three-dimensionality to more than fifty of these American sayings,Tippecanoe and Tyler Tooturns clichs back into history by telling the life stories of the words that have served as our most powerful battle cries, rallying points, laments, and inspirations. In individual entries on slogans and catchphrases from the early seventeenth to the late twentieth century, Jan Van Meter reveals that each one is a living, malleable entity that has profoundly shaped and continues to influence our public culture. From John Winthrops We shall be as a city upon a hill and the 1840 Log Cabin Campaigns Tippecanoe and Tyler Too to Martin Luther King Jr.s I have a dream and Ronald Reagans Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, each of Van Meters selections emerges as a memory device for a larger political or cultural story. nbsp; So the next time we hear or see one of these verbal symbols used to sell a product, illustrate a point, make a joke, reshape a current cause, or resuscitate a forgotten ideal, we will finally be equipped to understand its broader role as a key source of the values we continue to share and fight about. Taken together in Van Meters able hands, these famous slogans and catchphrases give voice to our common history even as we argue about where it should lead us.

Author: Jan R. Van Meter

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 344

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2009-11-15

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ISBN: 0226849694


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