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First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some 23 editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales. The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the 19th century. As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just one book, and read it frequently, referring to it as a "gem" and his "rich treasure."

The Columbian Orator presents 84 selections, most of which are notable examples of oratory on such subjects as nationalism, religious faith, individual liberty, freedom, and slavery, including pieces by Washington, Franklin, Milton, Socrates, and Cicero, as well as heroic poetry and dramatic dialogues. Augmenting these is an essay on effective public speaking which influenced Abraham Lincoln as a young politician. As America experiences a resurgence of interest in the art of debating and oratory, The Columbian Orator--whether as historical artifact or contemporary guidebook--is one of those rare books to be valued for what it meant in its own time, and for how its ideas have endured. Above all, this book is a remarkable compilation of Enlightenment era thought and language that has stood the test of time.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. EDITOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. xiii-xxx
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  1. IDENTIFICATION OF AUTHORS
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxiii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Introduction: General Instructions for Speaking
  2. pp. 5-24
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  1. PRACTICAL PIECES FOR SPEAKING
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. Oration on Eloquence
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. Speech in Congress, 1789
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Speech of a Roman General
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Exhortation on Temperance in Pleasure
  2. pp. 33-35
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  1. Judah's Plea for Benjamin, before Joseph
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Plea in Behalf of Thomas Muir
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. On the starry Heavens
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Paper, a Poem
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Speech before the Roman Senate
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Dialogue between Duellist, Savage, and Mercury
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. Speech of an Indian Chief.
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. On the Creation of the World
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. Lines spoken by a little Boy
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1766
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. Scene from the Farce of Lethe
  2. pp. 52-55
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  1. Eulogy on Dr. Franklin
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. Epilogue to Addison's Cato.
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Self-Conceit, an Address by a small Boy
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Dialogue between Howard and Lester.
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Christ's Crucifixion
  2. pp. 63-66
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  1. The Wonders of Nature
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. Dialogue on Physiognomy
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. Oration at the Festival of Gratitude
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. Address to the President of the United States
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. President's Answer
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. The oppressive Landlord, a Dialogue.
  2. pp. 76-81
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  1. Speech in the British parliament, 1770
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. On the Day of judgment
  2. pp. 84-86
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  1. Christ triumphant over the apostate Angels
  2. pp. 86-88
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  1. Slaves in Barbary, a Drama in two Acts
  2. pp. 88-104
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1770
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. Plea before a Roman Court
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. Dialogue on Cowardice and Knavery
  2. pp. 110-114
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. Extract from an Oration against Catiline
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Description of the first American Congress
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. Speech of a French General to his Army
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. Reflections over the Grave of a young Man
  2. p. 120
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  1. Scene from the Drama of "Moses in the Bulrushes"
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. Speech of a Roman General
  2. pp. 125-127
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1784
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. Address to the People of the United States
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. Dialogue on the Choice of Business for Life
  2. pp. 132-135
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  1. Speech of a French General
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. Dialogue between a School-master and School Committee.
  2. pp. 138-145
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1770
  2. pp. 145-147
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  1. On the general Judgment Day
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. On the Works of Creation and Providence
  2. p. 150
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1778
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. The Conjurer, a Dialogue
  2. pp. 153-161
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1775
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Speech of the Caledonian General
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. Modern Education, a Dialogue.
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. On the Existence of God, a Sermon
  2. pp. 170-177
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  1. The Dignity of Human Nature
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Infernal Conference
  2. pp. 178-187
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
  2. pp. 187-189
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  1. On the Day of Judgment
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. The dissipated Oxford Student
  2. pp. 191-201
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  1. Speech in Congress, on the British Treaty
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. Oration on Independence, July 4, 1796
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. General Description of America, a Poem
  2. pp. 207-209
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  1. Dialogue between a Master and Slave
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Speech in the Irish Parliament
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. Scene from the Tragedy of Tamerlane
  2. pp. 216-220
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament
  2. pp. 220-221
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  1. The Last Day
  2. pp. 222-225
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  1. Dialogue on Loquacity
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. American Sages
  2. pp. 228-229
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  1. Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Scene from the Tragedy of Cato
  2. pp. 232-234
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  1. Oration delivered at Boston, July 4, 1794
  2. pp. 234-235
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  1. Dialogue between a White Man and an Indian
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Oration, pronounced at Boston, July 4, 1796
  2. pp. 238-240
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  1. Dialogue between Edward and Harry
  2. pp. 240-242
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  1. David and Goliath
  2. pp. 242-246
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  1. Oration on the Powers of Eloquence
  2. pp. 246-252
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  1. Dialogue on Civilization
  2. pp. 252-256
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  1. Oration on the Manumission of Slaves
  2. pp. 256-257
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  1. A Forensic Dispute
  2. pp. 257-261
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  1. Oration delivered at Boston, March 5th, 1780
  2. p. 262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814739211
Related ISBN
9780814713235
MARC Record
OCLC
794701152
Pages
262
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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