Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Carolyn Sue Strohkirch
Former President Ronald Reagan was re-elected in what many consider to be a socially tumultuous period of American history. A wave of immigrants was washing over the United States, calling for a distribution of the "American Dream." Such resource distribution may or may not have occurred, yet few dispute Reagan's calming rhetoric, bringing a sense of cohesion to what were once dis-unified segments of America. The tool best suited for verifying such rhetoric, is a fantasy theme analysis. In examining two of Reagan's most critical addresses, the inaugural address of each term, evidence can be found of a common theme, offering a portion of the American Dream to all within the confines of America.
Copyright 2002 Kenneth E. Troyer
Troyer, Kenneth E., "Civil Religion Rhetoric in Ronald Reagan's 1981 & 1985 Inaugural Addresses" (2002). Master's Theses. 2873.