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Eubanks, Philip, 1954-

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of English


United States--Ethnic relations; United States--Race relations; Xenophobia--United States; World War; 1939-1945--Propaganda; Propaganda--History--20th century


This research studied the implications of the metaphor of the American melting pot and how those implications can be seen even today. The main artifacts are propaganda from World War II, specifically The Ducktators, Der Fuehrer's Face, and a propaganda poster. I also consider the modern day image of the salad bowl and examine how a great deal of the xenophobia and ethnic prejudice in World War II is still alive and well, although perhaps in a slightly different form and focused on different groups. I also examine the rhetorical devices used in World War II propaganda and how they were not in contrast with the metaphor of the melting pot, but actually worked symbiotically with it. I explore how these devices also contributed to and encouraged prejudice against groups who were seen as the enemy, something that we can still see today.


Advisors: Philip Eubanks.||Committee members: Jessica Reyman; Mark Van Wienen.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


v, 49 pages




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