The purpose of this study is to explore the rhetorical functions of references to God and the Bible in the first presidential inaugural addresses from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. The Inaugural Address serves to reunite the nation after the division of an election. The language used in this address reflects the culture and identity of the nation it speaks to. Through a modern rhetorical analysis of the inaugural addresses from 1933-2009, this thesis aims to identify the trends in American religiosity, as can be seen through particular use of references to God and uses of biblical metaphor as a rhetorical and persuasive tool in the inaugural address.
|Commitee:||Houck, Davis W., McDowell, Steven|
|School:||The Florida State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Communication, Rhetoric|
|Keywords:||Inaugural address, Presidential rhetoric, Religion, Rhetoric|
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