The Humblest May Stand Forth: Rhetoric, Empowerment, and Abolition

The Humblest May Stand Forth: Rhetoric, Empowerment, and Abolition

by Jacqueline Bacon
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570034346

ISBN-13: 9781570034343

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

"Offering an alternative account of the abolitionist movement, The Humblest May Stand Forth analyzes the rhetoric of African Americans and white females involved in the crusade against slavery and examines the particular strategies they chose to advocate despite their positions at the periphery of the movement. Jacqueline Bacon explores how these activists, rather…  See more details below

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"Offering an alternative account of the abolitionist movement, The Humblest May Stand Forth analyzes the rhetoric of African Americans and white females involved in the crusade against slavery and examines the particular strategies they chose to advocate despite their positions at the periphery of the movement. Jacqueline Bacon explores how these activists, rather than surrender to a society intent on keeping them quiet, identified and employed rhetorical strategies that would advance their message. Bacon explores the sometimes unconventional methods, organizations, and media they created to fight slavery on their own terms." Drawing on such primary sources as letters, editorials, proslavery and antislavery tracts, and domestic manuals, Bacon probes antebellum notions of race and gender and the ways that these conceptions influenced the abolitionists' arguments. She suggests that abolitionists marginalized by race and gender developed a diverse, empowering, and theoretically complex array of rhetorical strategies that must be analyzed on their own terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570034343
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Studies in Rhetoric/Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
1Slavery and Silence, Freedom and Rhetoric1
2Recovering the Voices of Marginalized Abolitionists15
3Too Long Have Others Spoken for Us: The Antislavery Rhetoric of African American Men51
4If I Was a Man, How I Would Lecture! White Women Rhetors in the Abolition Movement109
5What if I Am a Woman? The Rhetoric of African American Female Abolitionists165
6Rhetoric and Empowerment: The Marginalized Abolitionists and Beyond220
Notes237
Bibliography257
Index277

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