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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rhetoric, religion, and representatives: The use of God in presidential inaugural addresses from 1933-2009 as reflections of trends in American religiosity
by Roche, Megan Alexandria, M.A., The Florida State University, 2015, 111; 1590287
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Proffitt, Jennifer
Commitee: Houck, Davis W., McDowell, Steven
School: The Florida State University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Communication, Rhetoric
Keywords: Inaugural address, Presidential rhetoric, Religion, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 1590287
ISBN: 978-1-321-79337-6
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