Date of Award

Spring 2015

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Hesham Mesbah

Committee Member

Ed Cohen

Committee Member

Anne Stone


The purpose of this study is to analyze the use of rhetoric in protest music of the 1960s, using Bob Dylan’s music as a case study. The 1960s was a time of revolution and social change in the United States. Throughout this time, protest music served as an outlet for musicians to voice their support for this change. By conducting a rhetorical analysis, this study assesses the ways in which the tools of classical rhetoric can be applied to the music of this time. The analysis focuses on the rhetorical functions of this music in the context of the protest movements of the 1960s. The study examines the ways in which this music exemplifies elements of classical rhetoric and concludes by examining the impact this music had on the protest movements of the 1960s.

Rights Holder

Colleen Wilkowski