publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Minding "Our Cicero": Nineteenth-Century African American Women's Rhetoric and the Classical Tradition

Morse, Heidi;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Nineteenth-century American culture was rife with references to classical Greco-Roman antiquity, especially in rhetoric, education, and neoclassical visual culture. But the legacy of the classics also had a racialized strain: in "justifications" of slavery and racism, white elites often figured classical erudition as the antithesis to blackness, suggesting, for example, that African Americans did not have the mental capacity to learn Greek or Latin. But despite limited access to the tools and institutions considered essential for educational advancement, African Americans were equal participants in American classicism. The object of this dissertation is to theor...
Subjects
free text keywords: African American studies, Classical studies, African American education, African American women, Black classicism / classical receptions, Nineteenth century U.S., Oratory and rhetoric
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