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Famous slogans on BookTV

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Jan Van Meter was recently interviewed on CSPAN’s BookTV on the topic of his new book Tippecanoe and Tyler Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History—a fascinating historical analysis of various catchphrases and slogans, from FDR’s “speak softly and carry a big stick,” to King’s “I have a dream,” that have become an indelible part of American public culture. In the interview Van Meter addresses not only the slogans and catchphrases of the past, but also those of the present with Barak Obama’s campaign mantra “Yes we can” topping his list. Watch the interview online at the CSPAN website or catch the rebroadcasts on BookTV, Saturday, November 29, at 2:00 PM; Sunday, November 30, at 4:00 AM; and Sunday, November 30, at 3:00 PM.
Also read a web feature on contemporary slogans that we’ll remember and listen to another interview with Van Meter for the Chicago Audio Works podcast.