ERIC Number: ED367022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
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Sojourner Truth as an Essential Part of Rhetorical Theory.
Romans, Bevin A.
To affirm Sojourner Truth as a powerful rhetor who advanced the equality and empowerment of women, a study examined several of her speeches on women's suffrage. Although the value of using such role models as Sojourner Truth has been demonstrated in various grade levels, and in the study of history and English, the approach is too seldom employed in today's college classes studying rhetorical criticism. Additional analysis of this female voice is overdue in the field of speech communication. The goal of Sojourner Truth's life was to move the United States toward equality of the sexes, making it appropriate that the critical method used in the study is that of feminist criticism. The study analyzed how in these speeches, and from her perspective as a freed female slave of African descent, Sojourner Truth presented the situation of women; how women perceived society; and the way Sojourner Truth challenged post-Civil War assumptions about females. (The three speeches analyzed are attached. Contains 21 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Feminist Criticism; Rhetorical Strategies; Truth (Sojourner); Womens Suffrage
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).