Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical by Stephen H. Browne

Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical by Stephen H. Browne

By Stephen H. Browne

"Abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer, Angelina Grimke (1805-79) was once one of the first girls in American heritage to grab the general public level in pursuit of radical social reform. 'I will raise up my voice like a trumpet,' she proclaimed, 'and exhibit this humans their transgressions.' And while she did elevate her voice in public, on behalf of the general public, she came upon that, in growing herself, she may perhaps rework the area. within the technique, Grimke crossed the wires of race, gender, and tool, and produced explosions that lit up the area of antebellum reform. one of the so much amazing positive aspects of Angelina Grimke's rhetorical occupation was once her skill to degree public contests for the soul of America--bringing opposing rules jointly to supply them voice, intensity, and diversity to create new and extra compelling visions of social switch. Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, identification, and the novel mind's eye is the 1st full-length examine to discover the rhetorical legacy of this most unique recommend for human rights. Stephen Browne examines her epistolary and oratorical artwork and argues that rhetoric gave Grimke a potential to style not just her message yet her very identification as an ethical force."

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The text, by direct implication, can be reduced neither to its sheerly formal enactments nor to the level of cultural production. Like Grimké herself, it thrives in the spaces between. Grimké's letter to Garrison is evidence of, among other things, a powerful impulse that might usefully be defined as rhetorical. In this regard rhetoric was at once means and ends: expression was itself a form of realization; speech a sign of emancipation, eloquence of validation. Rhetoric became for Grimké the medium through which relationships were created; and through their creation was born the possibility of authentic community and shared moral responsibility.

I wish to thank, finally, my colleagues in the Department of Speech Communication for their many years of friendship and support. Page 1 Introduction Encountering Angelina Grimké Angelina Grimké lived her life in the spaces between, in the gaps and fissures that separated her from what was left behind and from a more perfect future. Her biography may well be read as a series of repudiations, as a coming to conviction and so to action. Yet these repudiationsof home, slavery, patriarchy, sectarianism, of the world she knewfar from crippling Grimké, gave to her character its strength, its edge and range.

7 Of all the dominant personalities housed in Pennsylvania Hall that night, none commanded such uniform regard as Lucretia Mott. The diminutive Hicksite Quaker wielded enormous power as an abolitionist, and was in some sense the spiritual beacon of the movement. Mott had managed in her quiet way to insert herself into the leadership of nearly every important reform campaign of the time, including temperance, peace, and women's rights. Nearby she had attended and played an active role in the founding of the American Anti-Slavery Society as well as the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society.

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