Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America

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Americans of the early Republic valued the art of eloquence, upholding the ideal that an impassioned, intelligent, and moral speaker will provide essential truths to a democratic audience. Drawing on nonfiction prose of the 1830s-1850s--especially orations, lectures, and addresses--James Perrin Warren sketches a cultural history of the reforming power of language. Antebellum America truly defined itself as a culture of eloquence. This disposition could be seen in the creation of new cultural spaces, such as the lyceum and ...

Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America 2004, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA

ISBN-13: 9780271025032

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