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The Resource For fear of an elective king : George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789, Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon

For fear of an elective king : George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789, Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon

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For fear of an elective king : George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789
Title
For fear of an elective king
Title remainder
George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon
Title variation
George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the spring of 1789, within weeks of the establishment of the new federal government based on the U.S. Constitution, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the president. Congress, the press, and individuals debated more than thirty titles, many of which had royal associations and some of which were clearly monarchical. For Fear of an Elective King is Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's rich account of the title controversy and its meanings. The short, intense legislative phase and the prolonged, equally intense public phase animated and shaped the new nation's broadening political community. Rather than simply reflecting an obsession with etiquette, the question challenged Americans to find an acceptable balance between power and the people's sovereignty while assuring the country's place in the Atlantic world. Bartoloni-Tuazon argues that the resolution of the controversy in favor of the modest title of "President" established the importance of recognition of the people's views by the president and evidence of modesty in the presidency, an approach to leadership that fledged the presidency's power by not flaunting it. How the country titled the president reflected the views of everyday people, as well as the recognition by social and political elites of the irony that authority rested with acquiescence to egalitarian principles. The controversy's outcome affirmed the republican character of the country's new president and government, even as the conflict was the opening volley in increasingly partisan struggles over executive power. As such, the dispute is as relevant today as in 1789"--Dust jacket
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NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bartoloni-Tuazon, Kathleen
Dewey number
973.4/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK511
LC item number
.B39 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Presidents
  • Forms of address
  • Executive power
  • Political culture
  • United States
  • Washington, George
Label
For fear of an elective king : George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789, Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the title controversy and the early presidency -- "An improper distinction of ranks" : the persistence of titles -- The third body of Washington : sovereignties in confusion -- Protecting the presidency : a republican dilemma -- Debating a "doubtful power" : the legislative battle engaged -- "Strange contradictions" : the people confront status distinction -- A "dangerous vice" : leaders under scrutiny -- Conclusion : the path to American democratic leadership
Control code
ocn879583350
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 252 pages
Isbn
9780801452987
Lccn
2014007803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1703178
Label
For fear of an elective king : George Washington and the presidential title controversy of 1789, Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the title controversy and the early presidency -- "An improper distinction of ranks" : the persistence of titles -- The third body of Washington : sovereignties in confusion -- Protecting the presidency : a republican dilemma -- Debating a "doubtful power" : the legislative battle engaged -- "Strange contradictions" : the people confront status distinction -- A "dangerous vice" : leaders under scrutiny -- Conclusion : the path to American democratic leadership
Control code
ocn879583350
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 252 pages
Isbn
9780801452987
Lccn
2014007803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1703178

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