Theodore Parker

Overview

Theodore Parker, a great orator of the mid-19th century, was a Unitarian clergyman who directed much of his oratory towards ecclesiastical and social reform. Parker challenged slavery and other social ills. As a volume in the Great American Orators series, the focus is on Parker's oratory and its effect on theology and the social structures of the mid-19th century. Biographical information pertains to those aspects of Parker's life that influenced and shaped his elocution and ideas. Parker's rhetoric and ...

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Overview

Theodore Parker, a great orator of the mid-19th century, was a Unitarian clergyman who directed much of his oratory towards ecclesiastical and social reform. Parker challenged slavery and other social ills. As a volume in the Great American Orators series, the focus is on Parker's oratory and its effect on theology and the social structures of the mid-19th century. Biographical information pertains to those aspects of Parker's life that influenced and shaped his elocution and ideas. Parker's rhetoric and rhetorical techniques are examined. Three of Parker's important speeches are included, each with an introduction that places it in its proper context.

This study will appeal to students of rhetoric, theology, and mid-nineteenth-century American religious history. The book is divided into two sections. The first concentrates on Parker's life, his role as an abolitionist, social reformer, and public order. Part Two scrutinizes three of Parker's most famous discourses. The author establishes Parker's place among mid-19th-century preachers.

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Though paying some attention to the content of Parker's (1810-60) speeches, Chesebough (history, Illinois State U.) is more concerned about his manner of delivery. First he traces his development as an orator, covering the early years, the years of his influence, and his waning years suffering from consumption. Then he analyzes three sermons and speeches on slavery, the Mexican War, and the revival of religion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313308734
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Series: Great American Orators Series
  • Pages: 164
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID B. CHESEBROUGH is a member of the graduate faculty in the department of history at Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Development of an Orator 1
1 Prologue: A Mid-Nineteenth-Century Preacher 3
2 The Early Years (1810-1841) 7
3 The Years Of Influence (1841-1859) 27
4 The Waning Months (1859-1860) 67
Pt. II Sermons and Speeches of Theodore Parker 73
"A Sermon of Slavery" (1841) 75
"The Mexican War" (1849) 85
"The Revival of Religion Which We Need" (1858) 92
Notes 111
Chronology of Selected Speeches 121
Bibliography 127
Index 135
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