Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845

Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845

by Gregory P. Lampe
     
 

This new work chronicles Frederick Douglass' preparation for a career in oratory, his emergence as an abolitionist lecturer in 1841, and his development and activities as a public speaker and reformer from 1841 to 1845. Lampe's scholarship overturns much of the conventional wisdom about this phase of Douglass' life and career, uncovering new information about his… See more details below

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This new work chronicles Frederick Douglass' preparation for a career in oratory, his emergence as an abolitionist lecturer in 1841, and his development and activities as a public speaker and reformer from 1841 to 1845. Lampe's scholarship overturns much of the conventional wisdom about this phase of Douglass' life and career, uncovering new information about his experiences as a slave and as a fugitive; it provokes a deeper and richer understanding of this renowned orator's emergence as an important voice in the crusade to end slavery. Included in this work is a complete itinerary of Douglass' oratorical activities, correcting errors and omissions in previously published works - as well as two newly discovered complete speech texts, never before published.

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Library Journal
At his death in 1895, Frederick Douglass had been widely considered for more than 50 years the outstanding African American orator of his time. Lampe (communication and theater arts, Univ. of Wisconsin) has studied his early years, 1841-45, when Douglass was polishing his oratorical style and sharpening his powers of persuasion in advancing the cause of abolishing slavery in the South and ending racial prejudice in the North. Lampe disputes the conventional view (not contradicted by Douglass himself) that he came to his calling without preparation, an ingenious accident. In fact, even as a very young man, Douglass was already steeped in the slave oral tradition and served as a lay preacher in a black church. The writing is straightforward but burdened by excessive detail. Suitable for academic libraries with collections in oratory and African American studies.--Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870134852
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.35(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

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