This project undertakes an analysis of an anti-immigration crusader 2006 screed, In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security. This principal work by Thomas [Tom] Tancredo served as the rhetorical vision for his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency of the United States in 2008 and his ongoing anti-immigration platform. Many of the stories and discussions Tancredo used in the book are taken from addresses that U. S. representative Tancredo introduced into the Congressional Record. He committed many of his floor speeches to book form in order to gain a wider audience, which consists largely of World Net Daily readers, who share his views and anti-immigration stance. In this essay, we argue that his anti-immigration rhetoric forms a fantasy theme of a world in which there is one U. S. American identity that is void of multiculturalism and outsider influences. This fantasy theme shapes a rhetorical vision that is shared widely among conservative audiences that chains out into broader discourses on immigration, evident in news reports and other conservative groups' rhetoric on immigration issues.
In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security Fantasy Themes and Jeremiadic Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric
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Donathan Brown, Michael Brooks, Stacey Sowards; In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security Fantasy Themes and Jeremiadic Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric. Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies 1 April 2013; 5 (1): 12–25. doi: https://doi.org/10.18085/llas.5.1.b2u7h636961k16t7
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