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Research Proposal February 12, 2010

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I think that I’d like to use Voices of Protest as my “jumping off point” for my research. I haven’t finished reading the book yet, and I don’t know if this issue is addressed later, but I’m particularly interested in how the use of rhetoric influenced the extreme success and popularity of both Father Coughlin and Huey Long. Even when they were just talking, sometimes making promises they couldn’t keep, people were hooked to them and hung on every word. How were they so successful? That’s what I’m interested in researching.

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One Response to “Research Proposal”

  1. Tammy Ingram Says:

    Rhetoric might be a little *too* narrow, but it’s a good place to begin. Have you considered something that looks more broadly at demagogues in a specific period in the South? Or perhaps comparing one or more southern demagogues? If you’re interested in Long, T. Harry Williams wrote a very long but very good bio of him.


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