Frederick Douglass

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Overview

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.

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Chesebrough (history, Illinois State U.) sketches the important events and oratorical experiences in Douglass' life. He discusses the rhetorical techniques the great speaker employed, and particularly those techniques that relate to ethos, pathos, an d parallelism. He provides a chronology of selected speeches, and extensive passages from three speeches: "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (1852), "Negroes and the National War Effort" (1863), and "The Lessons of the Hour" (1984). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313302879
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/26/1998
  • Series: Great American Orators Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID B. CHESEBROUGH is Assistant Chair, Graduate Faculty, Department of History at Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Development of an Orator 1
1 The Years of Slavery (1818-1837) 3
2 The Prewar Years of Freedom (1838-1861) 15
3 The War Years (1861-1865) 53
4 The Postwar Years (1865-1895) 65
Pt. II Rhetorical Techniques and Speeches 81
5 Rhetorical Techniques 83
6 Speeches 107
"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
Notes 145
Chronology of Selected Speeches 155
Bibliography 165
Index 173
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