Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Fall 2002

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies


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.


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Copyright 2002 Kenneth E. Troyer

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