C-SPAN is the network of record for US political affairs, broadcasting live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated, and decided––without editing, commentary, or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view.
The C-SPAN Archives, located adjacent to Purdue University, is the home of the online C-SPAN Video Library. The Archives has recorded all of C-SPAN's television content since 1987. Extensive indexing, captioning, and other enhanced online features provide researchers, policy analysts, students, teachers, and public officials with an unparalleled chronological and internally cross-referenced record for deeper study.
Books in this series present the finest interdisciplinary research utilizing tools of the C-SPAN Video Library. Each volume highlights recent scholarship and comprises leading experts and emerging voices in political science, journalism, psychology, computer science, communication, and a variety of other disciplines. Each section within each volume includes responses from expert discussants. Developed in partnership with the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement in the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication with support from the C-SPAN Education Foundation, this volume is guided by the ideal that research based on C-SPAN video can increase our understanding of American politics and democracy based on the ideals of our American experiment.
The fifth volume of the C-SPAN Archives research focuses primarily on the Trump presidency in the first term. Chapters address his moral language, his rhetoric on climate change, and African American support for Trump. Other chapters use the C-SPAN Archives to study congressional influence on immigration policy, nonverbal cues in congressional speeches, and local and national perspectives on congressional debates.
PART 1: C-SPAN AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH, Edited by Kathryn Cramer Brownell
CHAPTER 1: Congressional Election Debates: Between the
National and the Local, by Stephen M. Llano
CHAPTER 2: Political Gaslighting in the Climate Change Discourse
Surrounding the 2016 Election
CHAPTER 3: Exploring the Oral Histories of African Americans
Who Support Donald Trump, by Ray Block Jr. and Christina S. Haynes
PART 2: USING THE C-SPAN VIDEO LIBRARY TO STUDY CONGRESSIONAL RHETORIC, Edited by Logan Strother
CHAPTER 4: Congress and Immigration Policy: Use of Moral Language Surrounding the Trump Presidency, by Jennifer Hoewe and Mohammed Ziny
CHAPTER 5: Building the Border Wall: Congressional Efforts to Support Trump’s Immigration Legacy, by Carly Schmitt and Matthew L. Bergbower
CHAPTER 6: Using the Judiciary: C-SPAN, Judicial Activism, and the
Constitutive Function of Law in the Trump Era, by Joseph Sery
PART 3: C-SPAN IN CRITICAL SCHOLARSHIP, Edited by Diana Zulli
CHAPTER 7: Talking Half Answers: Examining President Donald Trump’s Joint Press Conference Equivocation During His First Year, by Nichole A. Russell, Alexandra Johnson, and Patrick A. Stewart
CHAPTER 8: Ignore the Hoaxsters and Unleash American Energy:
President Trump’s Rhetoric on Climate Change, by Heather W. Cann and Janel Jett
CHAPTER 9: Nonverbal Cues in Congressional Speeches: A Wink and a Nod to Twitter Engagement, by Amber Williams Lusvardi and Terri L. Towner
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Robert X. Browning is a professor of political science and communication at Purdue University. He is the founder and executive director of the C-SPAN Archives, which received a George Foster Peabody Award in 2010 for its online Video Library of 278,000 hours of C-SPAN content. He is the author of Politics and Social Welfare Policy in the United States and articles on redistricting. He is the editor of the series The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research, published annually by Purdue University Press.
"For almost 25 years I have watched the C-SPAN Video Library evolve into the nonpareil of data on congressional institutional behavior. Most instructors of the legislative process have utilized the C-SPAN's material in the classroom with great success. Here, in this volume, Robert X. Browning once again demonstrates the myriad ways scholars can advance conventional wisdom on the U.S. Congress and institutions with the C-SPAN Video Library's seemingly unlimited data. Debates, hearings, and floor speeches are just a few fascinating resources that are brilliantly used in this volume. These research studies offer several exiting new directions for scholars to consider in the future." —Jonathan S. Morris, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
"The value of the C-SPAN Video Library as an incredibly rich research resource shines through in the breadth of analysis and insight on display in this latest collection of studies in the Year in C-SPAN Archives Research series. The range of congressional, presidential, and procedural footage of American political life available in the library is simply unparalleled in its depth and scope. What researchers make of these archives, and the insights they continue to yield, is only limited by their collective imagination and analytical ingenuity. Series editor and archives maestro Robert X. Browning must be commended for his tireless efforts to make these materials accessible to the wider research community." —Erik P. Bucy, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication, Texas Tech University, coauthor of Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections