War and peace : a rhetorical criticism of the Ford-Carter amnesty issue, 1974-1976

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Phillip James Glenn (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Dean Fadley

Abstract: This thesis reports an examination of the issue of amnesty for Vietnam-era deserters and draft evaders as treated in discourses of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, from August, 1974 to November, 1976. These discourses were studied to discover strategies and tactics of the speakers and to gauge the effects of this one issue. Specifically, three hypotheses concerning the effects are considered: (1) What effects, if any, did the rhetoric of Ford and Carter on amnesty have upon the outcome of the 1976 Presidential election? (2) In a broader framework, what effects, it any, did the rhetoric of Ford and Carter on amnesty have upon their respective public images and political careers? (3) How was the status of the amnesty issue itself affected by the amnesty-related discourses of these two men? The study revealed striking similarities between major discourses of Ford and Carter in their goals, settings, internal strategies and tactics, and immediate effects.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1977
Ford, Gerald R., $d 1913-2006
Carter, Jimmy, $d 1924-
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 $x Desertions
Amnesty $z United States

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