The purpose of this study was to examine the process of rumor transmission in an historical context. The basis was a case study of the Leo Frank incident. The editorials of Populist editor Tom Watson, written during Frank's appeal and commutation, were tested for emotional intensity. Significant findings tended to support the anxiety component of the Rosnow/Fine model for rumor transmission. The study was limited as there was no control condition without anxiety.
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Jackson, George Mark, "A Case Study in Rumor Transmission Based on the Leo Frank Case" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4291.