Stanford Students Explore the "Dark Side of Rhetoric" at the Hoover Archives

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
From left to right: Stanford freshmen Cameron Van de Graaf, Sam Premutico, Elise Kostial, and Program in Writing and Rhetoric Fellow Ethan Plaut

by Ethan Plaut, Fellow at Stanford University Program in Writing & Rhetoric, and Jill Golden, Outreach Archivist

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford is a singular place to study war and revolution in the twentieth century. A recent Program in Writing & Rhetoric course, Propaganda: The Dark Side of Rhetoric, brought Stanford freshmen to Hoover to examine its rich propaganda collections and to select items for further study.

Of the essays submitted about Hoover's collections for the course, the three stellar examples listed below provide excellent analyses of the arguments, logical and illogical, verbal and visual, that one finds in propaganda. They also provide a detailed and intimate look at just few of the millions of items contained in Hoover's stacks.


From left to right: Stanford freshmen Cameron Van de Graaf, Sam Premutico, Elise Kostial, and Program in Writing and Rhetoric Fellow Ethan Plaut
From left to right: Stanford freshmen Cameron Van de Graaf, Sam Premutico, Elise Kostial, and Program in Writing and Rhetoric Fellow Ethan Plaut