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Huber, Beth

WCU

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The sounds of silence : how Chileans said no to General Augusto Pinochet 2009 799 Art provides an image of reality from the creator's perspective which sparks interaction between the viewer and the piece. Throughout history, metaphor-infused art has inspired dialogue and social change as a means for oppressed people to speak out i...
The radical road to redemption : a prophetic outcry of American counter cultures 2011 741 The development of atomic weapons presented serious changes to the American way of life. Moral actions in accordance with this divine decree were seen as the path to salvation. While citizens had operated under the assumption that the government uphe...
Presidential ethos : leadership as goal and tool in the rhetoric of recent American presidents 2010 1825 This thesis discusses the role of leadership as an aspect of ethos in presidential rhetoric. In it, a terminology is established to deal with two original applications of leadership ethos in presidential rhetoric: accumulating, or building up leade...
Post-9/11 presidential rhetoric and the ongoing reality of racism in the United States 2010 1350 There is little question that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 has significantly impacted 21st century life in the United States. On a rhetorical level, 9/11 seems to have triggered a distinct shift in how many Americans understand their political...
Finding the fourth locale : dichotomy challenges in the rhetoric of Barack Obama 2010 850 The historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008 has attracted much interest in the humanities. The narrower lens of rhetorical analysis has yet to explore one of Obama’s most notable inclinations, namely his tendency...
"We're the girls with the bad reputations" : the rhetoric of Riot Grrrl 2011 1270 Throughout the 1980s, President Reagan’s administration waged an undeclared war on feminism by defeating the Equal Rights Amendment and employing both the Department of Education and U.S. Supreme Court as weapons against working and single mothers...
"Happy are those who sing and dance" : Mobuto, Franco, and the struggle for Zairian identity 2011 1667 In this thesis, I examine the public rhetoric of two very big men of post-colonial Zaire: master musician Franco Luambo Makiadi, and military dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, whose careers were roughly contemporary. The rhetoric employed by these men held ...
The option on the table : Obama's rhetoric and the case for military conflict with Iran 2013 444 The following analysis seeks to demonstrate how the Obama administration, through its rhetoric, is attempting to build public support for a potential military conflict with Iran. Further, the study seeks to show how the language of the Obama admin...
"The finest warrior for free government" : Ronald Reagan and the rhetoric of American exceptionalism 2013 34 This thesis examines eighteen of Ronald Reagan’s major speeches given between the years of 1964 and 1989 in order to show that Reagan rhetorically constructed a dimension that operated outside of the civil-religious contract as identified by Robert...