There is a new wave sweeping American politics. Beginning in 2009 as the people's movement, the Tea Party is taking American politics by storm. Hoping to change the way the American public thinks about American politics, the Tea Party is using some innovative tactics. Utilizing the only official Tea Party publication, an analysis of the publication's first year was done to identify the frames that were being put forth by the organization to gain support. By using the cross over frame, the us vs. them frame and the threat frame, the Tea Party hoped to resonate with a large population in the upcoming elections. Each of frames sought to bring the movement together for the 2012 elections. What was not clear was the movement's intentions after the election. Thus the movement needed to fashion their frames to make sure that they can live within those frames and still be successful. The movement must do this quickly as public support for the movement is beginning to dwindle.


Steve Buechler

First Committee Member

William Wagner

Second Committee Member

Joseph Kunkel

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Corrections


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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