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ERIC Number: ED423556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-22
Pages: 42
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McCarthyism's Rhetorical Norms.
Townsend, Rebecca M.
Rhetorical norms of early McCarthyist discourse reveal a reliance upon images of chaos and the body. Through such metaphors, rhetors crafted a model of discussion that feminized "democracy" and "tolerance" to support anti-Communist measures and de-legitimize their opponents. Political variety was coded as deviant to national identity. "Tolerance" became a warrant for the argument to contain political freedom. The paper's examination of congressional deliberations of contempt of Congress citations, the Subversive Activities Control Act, and Senator McCarthy's own rhetoric shows the development of the rhetorical norms of McCarthyism. (Includes 84 notes; contains 45 works cited.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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