African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook by Richard Leeman

By Richard Leeman

This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original kinds and issues of outstanding African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present--of forty three consultant public audio system, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The severe analyses of the oratory of a extensive section of other forms of public audio system display how they've got under pressure the historic look for freedom, upheld American beliefs whereas condemning discriminatory practices opposed to African-Americans, and feature spoken in behalf of "black pride." This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, resources for extra interpreting, and speech chronologies is designed for large interdisciplinary use by means of scholars, lecturers, activists, and common readers in university, collage, institutional, and public libraries.

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Rap Brown and one on Stokely Carmichael. Some of the remaining seven articles returned to traditional ground. One article examined ‘‘Black Persuaders in the Anti-Slavery Movement’’ (1970), while another looked at ‘‘The Rhetorical Legacy of the Black Church’’ (1971). Four of the essays examined the oratory of three speakers. Two critiqued the oratory of Henry Highland Garnet, seeing in him an analog to contemporary black radicalism, while the other two looked at Booker T. Washington and Thurgood Marshall.

E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, or Jesse Jackson—have had relatively few of their speeches actually studied, analyzed, and critiqued. While the authors of these essays have made every effort possible to develop an exhaustive (and accessible) bibliography of speeches, many speech texts and sources are undoubtedly yet to be found. The work begun by these authors has hardly been started, much less completed. Because there is so much to be done in this area of study, it is with regret that so many speakers who deserve study have necessarily been omitted.

Richardson, Larry S. ’’ Western Journal of Communication 34 (1970): 212–218. Scott, Robert L. ’’ Communication Studies 19 (1968): 96–104. Scott, Robert L. and Donald K. Smith. ’’ Quarterly Journal of Speech 55 (1969): 1–8. Simons, Herbert W. ’’ Communication Quarterly 15 (1967): 25–27. Smith, Donald K. ’’ The Southern Communication Journal 34 (1968): 8–17. Smith, Donald K. ’’ Communication Quarterly 15 (1967): 2–8. Snow, Malinda. ’’ Quarterly Journal of Speech 71 (1985): 318–334. Stromer, Wayne F.

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