By Stephen H. Browne
"Abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer, Angelina Grimke (1805-79) was once one of the first ladies in American background 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 raise her voice in public, on behalf of the general public, she chanced on that, in growing herself, she may possibly rework the realm. within the technique, Grimke crossed the wires of race, gender, and gear, and produced explosions that lit up the realm of antebellum reform. one of the so much outstanding positive factors of Angelina Grimke's rhetorical profession was once her skill to degree public contests for the soul of America--bringing opposing principles jointly to provide them voice, intensity, and diversity to create new and extra compelling visions of social swap. Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, id, and the unconventional mind's eye is the 1st full-length examine to discover the rhetorical legacy of this most unique suggest for human rights. Stephen Browne examines her epistolary and oratorical paintings and argues that rhetoric gave Grimke a capacity to model not just her message yet her very id as an ethical force."
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Again, my debt to this scholarship is evident; I hope to repay it in small amounts by providing systematic readings of Grimké's key texts, as if in this way we can move toward yet greater detail in accounting for the discursive and rhetorical forces at play in the fields of moral reform. For all these debts to the established scholarship on Grimké and her milieu, no one will mistake what follows as the work of a professional historian. It represents the efforts of a critic to interpret texts of a kind, the point of which is to account for the ideational density, Page 6 moral ambitions, and rhetorical art that go into the making of public discourse.
We are brought finally to what is for many Grimké's signature oration, indeed the climactic moment of her public career. Oratory was for Grimké a kind of performance art, a definitively public mode of address through which she could put on display the drama of human relations. Increasingly, that drama was calling into play the question of woman's role in the work of converting the world, and Grimké was becoming more and more insistent that her answer be heard. When Grimké took to the platform of Pennsylvania Hall, she was about to complete what was to be the most extraordinary public speaking tour of the century.
This commitment, to change herself by way of changing the world, represents at least one important feature of Grimké's public identity. " Among the most remarkable features of Angelina Grimké's rhetorical careerhence the rationale for this book and the approach it containswas her ability to stage public contests for the soul of America. Her art was to bring opposing ideas into proximity, to give them voice, depth, and range, and by their contact to create new and more compelling visions of social change.