Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
anti-government extremism, patriotism, political violence, social movement
Social and Behavioral Sciences
This dissertation investigates a prominent group in the patriot/militia movement called the Oath Keepers. It explores how the group uses references to core political ideas and important political events from American history. It argues that these rhetorical strategies serve three purposes: (1) helping the group’s supporters to make sense of contemporary America, (2) providing the group’s supporters with models of appropriate behavior in response to ongoing events, and (3) help the group to gain additional support. It also argues that different rhetorical strategies are useful for different purposes and target different audiences.
Jackson, Sam, "The Oath Keepers: Patriotism, Dissent, and the Edge of Violence" (2018). Dissertations - ALL. 896.