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  • The submission is a Microsoft Word file or similar, double-spaced document. Character and space count is listed near the top.


  • Endnotes: Endnotes should be numbered consecutively; these numbers must correspond to those in the text. Please use your word processor's automatic linking system. Endnote style for all manuscripts accepted for publication follows The Chicago Manual of Style.



    Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), 10–12.


    H. W. Brands, “The Age of Vulnerability: Eisenhower and the National Insecurity State,” American Historical Review 94 (1989): 963–89.


    Fred Greenstein, “Eisenhower’s Leadership Style,” in Eisenhower: A Centenary Assessment, ed. Gunter Bischof & Stephen E. Ambrose (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995), 55–63.


    • Campbell and Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words, 10.
    • Brands, “Age of Vulnerability,” 963.
    • Greenstein, “Eisenhower’s Leadership Style,” in Eisenhower, 55.
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Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Arenas of rhetorical investigation might include but are by no means limited to campaigns for social, political, environmental or economic justice; modes of resistance to those campaigns; situated instances of executive leadership; legislative and judicial deliberations; comparative rhetorics; transnational diplomacy; digital circulation and mediation of public discourse; and/or constitution of political and social identities. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays examining symbolic influences in any historical period (including the contemporary) anywhere in the world are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that interrogate dynamics of power and privilege, voice and voicelessness, oppression and resistance as well as axes of identity such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, and class, as these take form in concrete rhetorical situations. Moreover, we welcome essays that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics–the worlds of power, persuasion, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public deliberation, debate, and protest.

All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under review by any other publication outlet.



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