While campaigning as a candidate for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump publicly used the term “silent majority” to motivate his voting base. Although this term may seem original on the surface, it was first used in a political setting in the 1960s, when former President Richard Nixon began using the term extensively before and after his election in 1968. In this critical discourse analysis, the term “silent majority” is examined through a historical lens to get a sense for how it originated, why it was used, and how it has developed. Furthermore, this project’s research question is directed at American news media, as we study how, and if, journalists’ interpretations of the “silent majority” have changed over a timespan of nearly 50 years.
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|Commitee:||Kapatamoyo, Musonda, Mishra, Suman|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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