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Abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer, Angelina Grimké (1805-79) was among the first women in American history to seize the public stage in pursuit of radical social reform. "I will lift up my voice like a trumpet," she proclaimed, "and show this people their transgressions." And when she did lift her voice in public, on behalf of the public, she found that, in creating herself, she might transform the world. In the process, Grimké crossed the wires of race, gender, and power, and produced explosions that lit up the world of antebellum reform. Among the most remarkable features of Angelina Grimké's rhetorical career was her ability to stage public contests for the soul of America—bringing opposing ideas together to give them voice, depth, and range to create new and more compelling visions of social change. 
     Angelina Grimké: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination is the first full-length study to explore the rhetorical legacy of this most unusual advocate for human rights. Stephen Browne examines her epistolary and oratorical art and argues that rhetoric gave Grimké a means to fashion not only her message but her very identity as a moral force.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Encountering Angelina Grimk
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1: Beginnings: Rhetoric and Identity in the Journal of Angelina Grimk
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. Chapter 2: Violence, Identity, and the Creation of Radical Community
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Chapter 3: Real Pasts and Imagined Futures in the Appeal to the Christian Women of the South
  2. pp. 57-82
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  1. Chapter 4: “An Entirely New Contest”: Grimké, Beecher, and the Language of Reform
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. Chapter 5: “To Open Our Mouths for the Dumb”: Grimké, Weld, and the Debate over Women’s Speech
  2. pp. 111-137
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  1. Chapter 6: Violent Inventions: Witnessing Slavery in the Pennsylvania Hall Address
  2. pp. 139-165
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-188
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-201
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870138973
Related ISBN
9780870135422
MARC Record
OCLC
44957270
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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