Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

by David Chesebrough
     
 

Frederick Douglass, once a slave, was one of the great 19th century American orators and the most important African American voice of his era. This book traces the development of his rhetorical skills, discusses the effect of his oratory on his contemporaries, and analyzes the specific oratorical techniques he employed.

The first part is a biographical sketch of

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Frederick Douglass, once a slave, was one of the great 19th century American orators and the most important African American voice of his era. This book traces the development of his rhetorical skills, discusses the effect of his oratory on his contemporaries, and analyzes the specific oratorical techniques he employed.

The first part is a biographical sketch of Douglass's life, dealing with his years of slavery (1818-1837), his prewar years of freedom (1837-1861), the Civil War (1861-1865), and postwar years (1865-1895). Chesebrough emphasizes the centrality of oratory to Douglass's life, even during the years in slavery. The second part looks at his oratorical techniques and concludes with three speeches from different periods. Students and scholars of communications, U.S. history, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and African American studies will be interested in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313302879
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/26/1998
Series:
Great American Orators Series
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Development of an Orator1
1The Years of Slavery (1818-1837)3
2The Prewar Years of Freedom (1838-1861)15
3The War Years (1861-1865)53
4The Postwar Years (1865-1895)65
Pt. IIRhetorical Techniques and Speeches81
5Rhetorical Techniques83
6Speeches107
"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852)107
"Negroes and the National War Effort" (1863)129
"The Lessons of the Hour" (1894)134
Notes145
Chronology of Selected Speeches155
Bibliography165
Index173

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