Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845

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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...
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Overview

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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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
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Gregory P.Lampe is provost and vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges. He taught in the Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Frederick Douglass' Maryland Plantation Education: His Discovery of Oratory 1
Ch. 2 Frederick Douglass' New Bedford Experience: Oratory, Preaching, and Abolitionism, September 1838-July 1841 33
Ch. 3 The Emergence of an Orator from Slavery: Southern Slavery, Northern Prejudice, and the Church, August-December 1841 57
Ch. 4 Oratory of Power and Eloquence: From Local Notoriety to Regional Prominence, January-August 1842 97
Ch. 5 Tumultuous Times: Douglass as Abolitionist Orator, Agitator, Reformer, and Optimist, August 1842-June 1843 135
Ch. 6 The Hundred Conventions Tour of the West: Independence and Restlessness, June-December 1843 171
Ch. 7 The Hundred Conventions Tour of Massachusetts: Torrents of Eloquence, January-May 1844 207
Ch. 8 No Union With Slaveholders: The Proslavery Character of the United States Constitution, May-August 1844 227
Ch. 9 Douglass the Imposter: I Am a Slave, September 1844-August 1845 255
Epilogue 287
App. A Douglass' Speaking Itinerary: 1839-1845 293
App. B Frederick Douglass in Behalf of George Latimer. Lynn, Massachusetts, 8 November 1842 309
App. C No Union With Slaveholders: An Address Delivered in Boston, Massachusetts, 28 May 1844 315
App. D The Progress of the Cause: An Address Delivered in Norristown, Pennsylvania, 12 August 1844 321
Bibliography 323
Index 341
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