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Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
     

Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (Editor)
 

From the nation's beginnings, efforts have been made to silence U.S. women. Yet they spoke. This biographical dictionary, the first of two companion volumes, gives their voices new recognition. Selecting thirty-seven key orators, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell provides entries on a diverse group of women. All were ground breakers—suffragists, the first lawyers,

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From the nation's beginnings, efforts have been made to silence U.S. women. Yet they spoke. This biographical dictionary, the first of two companion volumes, gives their voices new recognition. Selecting thirty-seven key orators, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell provides entries on a diverse group of women. All were ground breakers—suffragists, the first lawyers, ministers, physicians, labor organizers, newspaper editors and publishers, historians, educators, even soldiers.

The volume opens with Campbell's introduction and then provides extensive essays on each of the women included. Each entry begins with brief biographical information and then focuses on the woman's public life in discourse. Each entry includes an analysis of the subject's rhetoric. Entries conclude with information on primary sources, critical works, key rhetorical documents, and selected sources of historical and biographical information. The work is fully indexed.

Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
A subject search under "Women orators--United States--Biography--Dictionaries" yields one title--this one. Campbell's work introduces women who had the courage, and stamina, to enter into the public dialogue during the period covered. The 37 women range from Jane Addams (champion of the poor, advocate for peace, suffragist) to Helen Jackson Gougar (moral warrior for temperance and woman suffrage) to Mary Clyens Lease (known for "raising hell" for Populism and woman's rights) to Ida B. Wells Barnett (agitator for African American rights). The signed entries focus on women's public lives as speakers The entries begin with brief biographical background information and include a short analysis of each woman's rhetoric, outlining areas of particular significance and emphasis. A listing of primary sources, critical works, and published speeches as well as selected sources of historical and biographical information conclude each entry. A name and subject index completes the work. An introduction provides a brief history of women's rhetoric and explains the principles that guided the selection of speakers. The work would have been strengthened by a list of basic research sources in American public address and a glossary of rhetorical terms. A companion volume, covering the years after 1925, is forthcoming Campbell is to be credited with tackling a relatively new research area. The book merits a place beside the companion volumes, "American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources" (Greenwood, 1987) and "American Orators before 1900: Critical Studies and Sources" (1989). Most of the women in this book were famous for more than just their public speaking (e.g., Clara Barton, Emma Goldman). While biographical information is available on many of them in sources such as "Notable American Women", "Women Public Speakers" is a recommended purchase for college and research libraries and large public libraries because of the information it gives on them as orators.
Booknews
This biographical dictionary, the first of two companion volumes, provides extensive entries on 37 early women orators. Subjects include suffragists, the first lawyers, ministers, physicians, labor organizers, newspaper editors and publishers, historians, educators, even soldiers. Each entry provides brief biographical information, then focuses on the woman's public life in discourse, and includes an analysis of the subject's rhetoric and information on primary sources, critical works, key rhetorical documents, and selected sources of historical and biographical information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313275333
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1993
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

KARLYN KOHRS CAMPBELL is Professor in the Department of Speech-Communication at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis St. Paul. She is the author of Man Cannot Speak for Her, Vol. I: A Critical Analysis of Early Feminist Rhetoric and Vol. II: Key Texts of the Early Feminists (Greenwood, 1989).

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