We Are Coming: The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women

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Shirley Wilson Logan analyzes the distinctive rhetorical features in the persuasive discourse of nineteenth-century black women, concentrating on the public discourse of club and church women from 1880 until 1900.

Logan develops each chapter in this illustrated study around a feature of public address as best exemplified in the oratory of a particular woman speaker of the era. She analyzes not only speeches but also editorials, essays, and letters.

Logan first focuses on the prophetic oratory of Maria Stewart, the first American-born black woman to speak publicly. Turning to Frances Harper, she considers speeches that argue for common interests between divergent communities. And she demonstrates that central to the antilynching rhetoric of Ida Wells is the concept of "presence," or the tactic of enhancing certain selected elements of the presentation.

In her discussion of Fannie Barrier Williams and Anna Cooper, Logan shows that when speaking to white club women and black clergymen, both Williams and Cooper employ what Kenneth Burke called identification. To analyze the rhetoric of Victoria Matthews, she applies Carolyn Miller's modification of Lloyd Bitzer's concept of the rhetorical situation.

Logan also examines the discourse of women associated with the black Baptist women's movement and those participating in college-affiliated conferences.

The book includes an appendix with little-known speeches and essays by Anna Julia Cooper, Selena Sloan Butler, Lucy Wilmot Smith, Mary V. Cook, Adella Hunt Logan, Victoria Earle Matthews, Lucy C. Laney, and Georgia Swift King.

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Shirley Wilson Logan analyzes the distinctive rhetorical features in the persuasive discourse of nineteenth-century black women, concentrating on the public discourse of club and church women from 1880 until 1900.

Logan develops each chapter in this illustrated study around a feature of public address as best exemplified in the oratory of a particular woman speaker of the era. She considers pertinent historical details -- biological, social, political, and cultural facts and events -- and provides a context for addressing various characteristics of a text. She analyzes not only speeches but also editorials, essays, and letters when, as in the case of Mary Ann Shadd, no written speeches exist.

Logan first focuses on the prophetic oratory, with its allusions to Ethiopian retribution, of Maria Stewart, the first American-born black woman to speak publicly. Turning to Frances Harper, she considers speeches that argue for common interests between divergent communities. And she demonstrates that central to the antilynching rhetoric of Ida Wells is the concept of "presence", or the tactic of enhancing certain selected elements of the presentation.

In her discussion of Fannie Barrier Williams and Anna Cooper, Logan shows that when speaking to white club women and black clergymen, both Williams and Cooper employ what Kenneth Burke called identification. To analyze the rhetoric of Victoria Matthews, she applies Carolyn Miller's modification of Lloyd Bitzer's concept of the rhetorical situation. Her analysis helps explain why Matthews spoke to black women on the importance of producing "race literature" when mob violence and Jim Crow discrimination were at their peak.

In the final chapter,Logan examines the discourse of women associated with the black Baptist women's movement and those participating in college-affiliated conferences. Her theme is racial uplift as a logical fulfillment of quintessential black womanhood. She demonstrates the ability of these rhetors to adapt to and accommodate a range of public audiences and to persuade others to their points of view.

The book also includes appendixes with little-known speeches and essays by Anna Julia Cooper, Selena Sloan Butler, Lucy Wilmot Smith, Mary V. Cook, Adella Hunt Logan, Victoria Earle Matthews, Lucy Laney, and Georgia Swift King.

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Shirley Wilson Logan is an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she directs the Professional Writing Program. She is the editor of With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women.

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