Master of Arts in Communication Studies
David Henry, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Thomas R. Burkholder
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a televised speech announcing the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. This speech has been a subject of scholarship in the field of communication, yet no critic has performed a comprehensive analysis of its multiple drafts and their relationship to the final version. By using a comparative analysis, one can examine the process of presidential decision-making, the translation of those decisions into prose, and the strategic language used to communicate a particular message. This project follows the evolution of Kennedy's address, tracing the changes from one draft to the next, in an attempt to understand the ways in which the administration used the art of oratory to convey a political decision of significant consequence.
Cuban Missile Crisis; John F. Kennedy; Presidential address; Speechwriting; Sorensen; Theodore C.
Communication | Rhetoric | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Gentry, Ashlyn, "The Cuban Missile Crisis Speech: An analysis of text evolution" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 150.