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.
Research Proposal February 12, 2010