African American Women's Rhetoric

African American Women's Rhetoric : The Search for Dignity, Personhood, and Honor

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African American Women's Rhetoric is a comprehensive study of the ways in which African American women in politics, education, business, and other social contexts have tried to persuade their audiences to value what they say and who they are. Through detailed examinations of the rhetoric of a variety of women in important periods in American history, Deborah Atwater reveals that African American women today who engage in speech in the public sphere (such as Condoleezza Rice, Barbara Jordan, and others) stem from an important lineage of active, outspoken women.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121774
  • 9780739121771

Table of contents

1 Table of Contents 2 Dedication 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 1. Awakenings Chapter 5 2. And the Truth Shall Set You Free Chapter 6 3. African American Women in the Civil War and Reconstruction Chapter 7 4. Leading to World War I Chapter 8 5. World War II and the Lives of Working-Class African American Women Chapter 9 6. The Era of the Modern Civil Rights Movement: The Struggle for Rights Continues Chapter 10 7. African American Women in Contemporary Politics and Political Organizations Chapter 11 8. Contemporary Times: African American Women and Hip-Hop Chapter 12 9. The Struggle Continues: Steps to Implementing Change
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Review quote

Dr. Atwater has continued to give a prolonged glance at African women from Saartjie Baartman to Queen Latifah who have demonstrated dignity, honor, beauty, and activism despite the odds. Her presentation of their contributions and speeches shows how these women continued to build on the foundation that was laid by our foremothers. Great read! -- Laverne Gyant, Northern Illinois University
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About Deborah F. Atwater

Deborah Atwater is associate professor emerita of communication arts and sciences and African and African American studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
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