“Gordon makes a more than adequate contribution to the existing body of work on African American rhetoric in the discipline. His style is clear and accessible, and there are some moments that verge on poetic.”Mark McPhail, Miami University
Black Identity: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalismby Dexter B Gordon, Oliver Harris
Gordon (communication, theater arts, African American studies, U. of Puget Sound) explores the early rhetorical formation and functioning of the ideology of black nationalism in the U.S. Coverage includes theories about rhetoric, race, and alienation, and the problems these concepts create; oppression in antebellum America, and the rhetorical means used by Anglo-Americans to defend slavery; an examination of the foundation documents of black nationalism; the contestation over blackness as evidenced in the Whipper-Sidney debate of 1840-41; the efforts of black abolitionists toward self-definition and self-determination; and the implications of the study for rhetorical theory and for an understanding of black nationalism. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Meet the Author
Dexter B. Gordon is a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound. His “Struggle and Identity in Jamaican Talk,” published in Our Voices, won the 20002001 Best Book Chapter Award from the African American Communication and Culture Division and the Black Caucus of the National Communication Association.
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