Abstract

This article explores the rhetorical strategies employed by Robert Oppenheimer in a personal narrative he wrote in 1954, defending himself against McCarthy-era charges that he was unfit for continued government employment. It argues that this personal narrative was central to establishing his public authority at this culturally tense moment, particularly in terms of his standing as a trustworthy atomic scientist.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 167-184
Launched on MUSE
2010-06-12
Open Access
No
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