African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

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This long-needed sourcebook assesses the unique styles and themes of notable African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present—of 43 representative public speakers, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The critical analyses of the oratory of a broad segment of different types of public speakers demonstrate how they have stressed the historical search for freedom, upheld American ideals while condemning ...

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This long-needed sourcebook assesses the unique styles and themes of notable African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present—of 43 representative public speakers, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The critical analyses of the oratory of a broad segment of different types of public speakers demonstrate how they have stressed the historical search for freedom, upheld American ideals while condemning discriminatory practices against African-Americans, and have spoken in behalf of black pride. This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, sources for further reading, and speech chronologies is designed for broad interdisciplinary use by students, teachers, activists, and general readers in college, university, institutional, and public libraries.

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Comprises essays analyzing content and style in the speeches of 43 women and men, examining how they used the rhetoric of black power to have an impact on society and American history. The styles are of course diverse, but the oratory is unified by themes such as the quest for freedom and equality of treatment, the upholding of America's ideals, and black pride. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313290145
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1996
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD W. LEEMAN, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaches courses in rhetorical theory, political communication, and African-American oratory.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Mary McLeod Bethune 1
William Wells Brown 10
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm 22
Leroy Eldridge Cleaver 32
Anna Julia Cooper 41
Alexander Crummell 51
Angela Yvonne Davis 60
Father Divine 71
Frederick Douglass 82
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois 98
Marian Wright Edelman 110
Louis Abdul Farrakhan 120
Lenora Fulani 134
Henry Highland Garnet 143
Marcus Moziah Garvey 154
Francis James Grimke 163
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 171
Benjamin Lawson Hooks 181
Jesse Louis Jackson 192
Vernon Johns 201
Barbara Charline Jordan 207
Martin Luther King, Jr. 216
John Robert Lewis 226
Louis E. Lomax 239
Thurgood Marshall 249
Andrew Jackson Young 423
Index 431
About the Contributors 445
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