Publication Date

1998

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Bryan, Ferald Joseph, 1958-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Communication

LCSH

Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Oratory||Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Ethics||Oratory--United States--Moral and ethical aspects||Cold War||United States--Politics and government--1953-1961

Abstract

This thesis addressed the ethicality of Dwight D. Eisenhower's cold war rhetoric. There is a void in this type of analysis in his rhetorical history. Varying degrees of ethical perspectives were used to assess the ethicality of his rhetoric in his dealings with Senator Joseph McCarthy, Sputnik and the U2 Incident. It is imperative to this analysis that the situational dynamics of each event are identified, in order to fully assess the ethical nature of the situation. Throughout this analysis, I have identified the primary audience of each event and highlighted its affect on the overall choice of rhetoric. In doing this, I was able to apply the ethical perspectives to each scholar to give a more complete view of Eisenhower's rhetorical history. Some scholars have wavering ethical standards depending on the situation and the position that Eisenhower held during that event. Each scholar brings a greater understanding of the reasons for his deception, and adds considerable knowledge to his biographical history.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [87]-88)

Extent

vi, 88 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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