Style and content in the rhetoric of early Afro-American feminists

Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

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Analysis of selected speeches by feminists active in early Afro-American protest reveals significant similarities and differences in their rhetoric and that of white feminists of the period. Sojourner Truth’s speeches are similar in style and content; Ida B. Well’s addresses differ in style, but her analysis of race and sex recurs in the rhetoric of Southern white feminists; Mary Church Terrell’s speech on segregation exhibits "feminine" style but reflects vast differences in concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-445
Number of pages12
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1986


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