Date of Award

2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology

Department

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Kimberly Neuendorf

Subject Headings

Communication

Abstract

This thesis explored the power of verbal and non-verbal communication through revolutionary movements in the United States of America. The research focused on the overall question of whether people in America still support key U.S. revolutionary movements (as expressed by three U.S. revolutionary groups--the U.S. Founding Fathers, the Black Panther Party, and the Black Lives Matter group). These three revolutionary movements had similar goals and verbal messages, but there were three very different reactions among people in the United States of America. Overall, it was found that people in the Unites States generally do support the goals of these three U.S. based revolutionary groups, even when the source is not known. When the identity of the source is made known, there still is a great amount of support for the goals of these three U.S. revolutionary groups, and overall there is a positive change for all three. However, this change was not uniform across all three groups nor all the stated goals. Further, agreement with the various revolutionary goals was related to degree of racial identity and political identity in many cases. Therefore, now that we know the answer to this question these results could possibly be able help our society maintain the order that was originally meant to be formed for our society.

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