Prisoner of Context: The Truman Doctrine Speech and J. Edgar Hoover’s Rhetorical Realism

  title={Prisoner of Context: The Truman Doctrine Speech and J. Edgar Hoover’s Rhetorical Realism},
  author={Steph Underhill},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  pages={453 - 487}
Abstract: In this project, I argue that J. Edgar Hoover’s style of political realism should be studied by critics because it long preceded that of President Harry S. Truman. The style belonged to a stockpile of anti-Communist imagery that helped to shape how the Truman Doctrine speech was drafted and how audiences interpreted its meanings in more local domestic politics. When Truman finally announced that the Soviet Union had challenged international protocol, I argue that he confirmed the… Expand
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