Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

by Terry Baxter

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Overview

This book attempts to answer a fundamental question: How did Douglass manage to persuade anyone about the evils of slavery, and even impress viewers with his personal qualities, when his speeches were commonly considered mere entertainment, in the same category as Barnum's circus acts? In answering this question, Terry Baxter provides a means of understanding the positive responses of Frederick Douglass's white audiences and African American celebrities' roles as both objects of consumption and vehicles for social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781135876975
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
File size: 289 KB

About the Author

Terry Baxter received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1998.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Reformation and Resentment in Antebellum America31
Chapter 3Antebellum Rhetorical Culture in Theory, Criticism, and Practice59
Chapter 4The Construction of Blackness and the Constraint of Ethos85
Chapter 5Douglass as an Exhibit of Ethos123
Notes153
Bibliography173
Index183

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