Between Education and Propaganda: Public Controversy Over Presidential Library Design

  title={Between Education and Propaganda: Public Controversy Over Presidential Library Design},
  author={Gordon R. Mitchell and Jennifer P. Kirk},
  journal={Argumentation and Advocacy},
  pages={213 - 230}
While there is abundant scholarship on extant presidential libraries, rejected presidential library proposals are comparatively understudied. Here, we analyze the public controversies surrounding Richard Nixon's and Ronald Reagan's ill-fated plans for housing their presidential libraries at Duke and Stanford Universities, respectively. These parallel cases offer a glimpse into what Thomas Farrell terms “social knowledge in controversy” — episodes where prevailing social precedents governing… 

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