Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
This study examines three speeches delivered by U.S. presidents during times of international crises, Woodrow Wilson's speech on April 2, 1917, George H. W. Bush's speech delivered on January 16, 1991, and the speech by George W. Bush delivered on September 20, 2001. Elements of epideictic, deliberative and forensic strategies were applied to the discourse to determine whether the speeches conformed to expectations for presidential international crisis rhetoric. This thesis extends a study completed in 1989 in which Bonnie J. Dow argued that only epideictic and deliberative strategies appear in international crisis rhetoric. In contrast, this study found that, in order for the discourse to be effective, a combination of epideictic, deliberative and forensic strategies must be present in international crisis rhetoric.
Cold; Crisis; International; Post Residential; Rhetoric; Study; War
Communication; Political science
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Jackson, Flora Anne, "A study of pre and post Cold War presidential international crisis rhetoric" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1756.