African American Rhetoric(s) Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Associate Professor Elaine B Richardson, Ronald L Jackson II

By Associate Professor Elaine B Richardson, Ronald L Jackson II

African American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives is an advent to basic recommendations and a scientific integration of historic and modern traces of inquiry within the learn of African American rhetorics. Edited by means of Elaine B. Richardson and Ronald L. Jackson II, the amount explores culturally and discursively built types of wisdom, communicative practices, and persuasive suggestions rooted in freedom struggles via humans of African ancestry in America.
 
Outlining African American rhetorics present in literature, historic files, and pop culture, the gathering offers students, scholars, and academics with cutting edge methods for discussing the epistemologies and realities that foster the inclusion of rhetorical discourse in African American experiences. as well as examining African American rhetoric, the fourteen members venture visions for pedagogy within the box and handle new components and renewed avenues of analysis. the result's an exploration of what parameters can be utilized to start a extra thorough and beneficial attention of African americans in rhetorical space.

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Consider, for example, Frances Gage’s “remembered” reactions to Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, written in 1863: She had taken us up in her strong arms and carried us safely over the slough of difficulty, turning the whole tide in our favor. I have never in my life seen anything like the magical 21 22 Shirley Wilson Logan influence that subdued the mobbish spirit of the day. (qtd. in Truth, 1988, p. 135) Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1863 essay “Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl” provides another example: I do not recollect ever to have been conversant with anyone who had more of that silent and subtle power which we call personal presence than this woman.

The woe of two hundred years sighed through her tones. (qtd. in Still, 1872, p. 779) William Still was apparently struck by Greenwood’s description because he used it to close his biographical sketch of Harper, published in The Underground Rail Road. Hallie Quinn Brown in Homespun Hero- 26 Shirley Wilson Logan ines and Other Women of Distinction also quotes Greenwood’s description in full. Restraint, from Greenwood’s perspective, was Harper’s most salient attribute. Greenwood identified features, gestures, tone, and manner, attributes that were all under control—moderated, composed, quiet, ennobled, dignified.

The numerous authenticating documents prefaced to the slave narratives of such writers as Frederick 32 Shirley Wilson Logan Douglass, William Wells Brown, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Jacobs all represent responses to the curiosity people had about the origins of literacy for Black speakers and writers. The prevailing view was that Black women had to project an ethos of respectability when addressing members of the alleged cult of true womanhood. ” Foster (1997) cautions against the tendency to “attribute gentility to mindless imitation of the dominant culture or to blind acceptance of Puritanism and classism, when concern for decorum and ritual may just as well stem from African traditions of respect and honor” (p.

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