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Title:Producing America's Enemies and the Contested Rhetorics of Nationhood in the United States, 1775--1815
Author(s):Engels, Jeremy David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Stephen J. Hartnett
Department / Program:Speech Communication
Discipline:Speech Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):History, United States
Abstract:To build a nation, Americans had to renege on their history. Once the American Revolution was won, the types of mob violence and citizen participation that brought victory in the war were no longer desirable. Hence, this dissertation investigates how the radical democracy of the Revolutionary War was tamed in the founding years of the United States. I conclude that Americans were brought under the control of government through the rhetoric of "enemyship," which calls on citizens to defend their nation from the threats of enemies who are often discursively fabricated. This historical dissertation has implications for the present, for politics during the Cold War and also following 9/11 have been characterized by a similar rhetorical strategy.
Issue Date:2006
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:331 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87523
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223586
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2006


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