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

Southern Illinois University Press, 1999

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. Analyzing speeches, editorials, essays, and letters, Logan focuses on Maria Stewart, Frances Harper, Ida Wells, Fannie Barrier Williams, and Anna Cooper. The book includes an appendix with little-known speeches and essays by representative rhetoricians.