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Author Warren, James Perrin.

Title Culture of eloquence : oratory and reform in antebellum America / James Perrin Warren.

Published University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [1999]


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 UniM Bail  815.309 WARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 202 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Culture of Eloquence -- 2. "Ferries and Horses": Emerson's Theory of Eloquence -- 3. Henry Thoreau's Tawny Grammar -- 4. Fuller, Peabody, and the Mother Tongue -- 5. A Fruitful Nursery of Orators: Frederick Douglass and the Conditions for Eloquence -- 6. William Gilmore Simms and the Necessity of Speech -- 7. Whitman's Agonistic Arena.
Summary "Antebellum America truly defined itself as a culture of eloquence. This could be seen in the creation of new cultural spaces, such as the lyceum and popular lecture system, for speakers who were then measured against the ideals of eloquence held by their listeners. Defining eloquence as "powerful, moving speech," Warren engages a host of writers/orators to develop his argument, beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's philosophy of language in the 1830s and expanding his discussion to include the theories and practices of Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Peabody, Frederick Douglass, William Gilmore Simms, and Walt Whitman. From this list he outlines practices that crossed the boundaries of gender, race, and class, ultimately showing that diverse sectors of society valued the word as a means toward reform."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894 -- Oratory.
Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870 -- Oratory.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Oratory.
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850 -- Oratory.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Oratory -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 027101900X (cloth : alk. paper)