Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject / Edition 1

Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject / Edition 1

by Terry Baxter
     
 

This book attempts to answer a fundamental question: How did Douglass manage to persuade anyone about the evils of slavery, and even impress viewers with his personal qualities, when his speeches were commonly considered mere entertainment, in the same category as Barnum's circus acts? In answering this question, Terry Baxter provides a means of understanding

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This book attempts to answer a fundamental question: How did Douglass manage to persuade anyone about the evils of slavery, and even impress viewers with his personal qualities, when his speeches were commonly considered mere entertainment, in the same category as Barnum's circus acts? In answering this question, Terry Baxter provides a means of understanding the positive responses of Frederick Douglass's white audiences and African American celebrities' roles as both objects of consumption and vehicles for social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415970754
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/30/2004
Series:
Studies in Major Literary Authors Series, #35
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Reformation and resentment in antebellum America31
Ch. 3Antebellum rhetorical culture in theory, criticism, and practice59
Ch. 4The construction of blackness and the constraint of ethos85
Ch. 5Douglass as an exhibit of ethos123

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