“An Empire for Liberty”: Reassessing US Presidential Foreign Policy Rhetoric

Empire is central to US foreign policy aims but is rarely taken directly into account in studies of American presidential foreign policy rhetoric. We argue here that in doing such studies, analytic attention should be paid to questions of empire as foundational to the development of the United States and to articulations of the American nation. We examine two historical and two heuristic categories used to understand US presidential foreign policy discourse and argue for refocusing analysis by placing questions of whiteness, empire, and colonialism at the core of those categories.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Quarterly Journal of Speech on 2022-10-02, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00335630.2022.2128202.



Work Title “An Empire for Liberty”: Reassessing US Presidential Foreign Policy Rhetoric
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  1. Allison M. Prasch
  2. Mary E. Stuckey
  1. US imperialism
  2. US settler colonialism
  3. Whiteness
  4. Rhetorical criticism
  5. Public address
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Article
  1. Quarterly Journal of Speech
Publication Date October 12, 2022
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/00335630.2022.2128202
Deposited March 11, 2024




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