Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Communications (School)

Subject Categories

World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda; Propaganda, British -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Propaganda analysis


This study examines the persuasive nature of British propaganda in the United States between the years of 1939 and 1941. Radio scripts, serialized publications and pamphlets produced for distribution during this period are examined for the use of Burke's ( 1969) concept of identification and their ability to meet to the standards of Fisher's (1989) logic of good reasons. The study concludes that British propaganda made extensive use of identification and meets the standards of the logic of good reasons. The study also identifies three phases of British propaganda in which slightly different persuasive approaches are used.

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Communication Commons



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