By Stephen H. Browne
"Abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer, Angelina Grimke (1805-79) used to be one of the first girls 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 whilst she did raise her voice in public, on behalf of the general public, she chanced on that, in developing herself, she may remodel the area. within the strategy, Grimke crossed the wires of race, gender, and gear, and produced explosions that lit up the area of antebellum reform. one of the so much amazing gains of Angelina Grimke's rhetorical occupation used to be her skill to degree public contests for the soul of America--bringing opposing rules jointly to supply them voice, intensity, and diversity to create new and extra compelling visions of social switch. Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, id, and the unconventional mind's eye is the 1st full-length research to discover the rhetorical legacy of this most unique recommend for human rights. Stephen Browne examines her epistolary and oratorical artwork and argues that rhetoric gave Grimke a capability to type not just her message yet her very id as an ethical force."
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Extra info for Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination (Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series)
She posed to Grimké a genuine challenge: too important to be ignored, too complex to be dismissed, too "right" to be left alone. Grimké launched her encounter with Beecher on June 12, 1837 with the first of thirteen letters. Together they were to appear in the pages of The Liberator, The Page 14 Emancipator, and the Friend of Man; they appeared in book form a year later as Letters to Catherine [sic] E. Beecher, in Reply to an Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism. Within the familiar constraints of the public letter, Grimké brings to her encounter the opportune mix of reflection and spontaneity the form affords.
Here, indeed, lies a key to their reading. As an encounter with one of the foremost voices of the time, Grimké's Letters put on display what such an engagement ought to look like. They may be interpreted as a series of exemplary encounters, functioning rhetorically as they invoke an optimal relationship with the putative reader. That is not, of course, to say that such a relationship need be based on the expectation of ultimate conversion. The encounter works, rather, to promote a model of how principled disagreement ought to be managed.
Far from being a recruit to the movement, she, like Frederick Douglass later, constituted its identity almost singlehandedly, an autonomous and dangerous force unleashed on the plains of antebellum America. There is, in these caricatures, some appeal to the image of Grimké as either a front person for abolitionism and the woman's rights movements or, more romantically, as the free-ranging, free-fighting, free agent exemplified in the letters to Catharine Beecher and Theodore Weld. It is not necessary or desirable that we choose either model for understanding Grimké's public identity, but it may be worth the effort to find a more satisfying approach to the question.
Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination (Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series) by Stephen H. Browne