American Public Discourse: A Multicultural Perspective

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This book is an anthology of speeches by African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and white American females. The purpose of this anthology is to provide the reader with examples from the abundant amount of distinctive American-minority rhetoric available that has yet to be anthologized. Some of those minority orations are scattered in various locales through time. Burke has collected speeches of minorities who have been able to utilize America's public platform effectively while simultaneously battling against discrimination and racial prejudice.

Author Biography: Ronald K. Burke is Professor of Speech Communication at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819187536
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald K. Burke is Professor of Speech Communication at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Native American Females
"Keynote: Charting New Directions" 3
"Past Positives and Present Problems." 8
"Squaw Image Stereotyping" 17
"Contemporary Indian Humor" 22
"Indian Women as Change Agents for Indian Policy" 29
"Retrospect and Prospect: The Past, Present, and Future For Indian Women." 34
Ch. 2 Native American Males
"I Will Fight No More Forever." 43
"You Must Speak Straight So That Your Words May Go As Sunlight To Our Hearts" 44
"The Whites Think We Don't Know about the Mines, But We Do." 46
"Manifesto Addressed to the President of the United States from the Youth of America" 48
"For the World to Live 'Europe' Must Die" 54
"Inaugural Address to the Navajo Nation" 64
Ch. 3 African American Females
"Poem" 73
"An Address Delivered Before the Afric-American Female Intelligence Society of America." 74
"The New Cry" 80
"The Law and Moral Issues." 83
"Founders Day Address" 89
"Choose One of Five" 94
Ch. 4 African American Males
"The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade In the French and British Colonies" 105
"Speech on the Fugitive Slave Bill" 110
"The Negro Exodus from the Gulf States" 113
"Address Delivered Before Women's New England Club, Boston Jan. 27, 1889" 129
"Our Democracy and the Ballot" 135
"The Drum Major Instinct" 142
Ch. 5 Mexican American Males
"Reverse Racism" 154
"The Word Was Made Flesh: Spanish in the Classroom" 159
"Chavez in Austin, Texas" 161
"Social Revolution in the Southwest" 171
"The Chicano and Education" 182
"Doing More For More: Hispanic Issues For Texas And The Nation" 198
Ch. 6 Mexican American Females
"The Meaning of the Chicano Movement" 215
"Through the Curtain of Discontent A Face Emerges" 220
"Thoughts On A Sunday Afternoon" 224
"Viva La Causa! Viva La Raza" 229
"Folk Lore of the Texas-Mexican Vaquero" 234
"Rancho Buena Vista: Its Ways of Life and Traditions" 236
Ch. 7 White American Females
"What Have We, As Individuals, To Do With Slavery?" 255
"For the Woman Suffrage Movement" 260
"An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States 1836." 275
"Restlessness of Youth: An Asset of Free Societies." 297
"Commencement Speech on Ethics at Virginia State University, May 21, 1989" 303
"To Love and Serve Humanity" 311
Bibliography 315
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