Man Cannot Speak for Her - Vol. 2

Man Cannot Speak for Her - Vol. 2

Man Cannot Speak for Her - Vol. 2

Man Cannot Speak for Her - Vol. 2

Synopsis

"The right to cast a ballot from a feminine hand occupied the attention and efforts of hundreds of women for more than a century in the U.S. In these two volumes Campbell (University of Minnesota) provides a basic understanding of two processes: the development of the rhetoric used by the women who argued for equal rights, and the constraints and sanctions applied to those women who affronted the norms of society's expectation that true women were seldom seen and never spoke in public. The first volume lays the foundation for the analysis of rhetorical style and content by its fine introduction and by a succession of chapters organized chronologically, with biographical sketches and excerpts from speeches. It includes a chapter specifically addressed to issues of sex, race, and class faced by African American women. Volume 2 is not a continuation of the first, but contains the texts on which the first volume is based. The biographical and historical sections are gracefully written and well organized, but the greatest value of the set lies in the actual words of the feminist leaders and Campbell's skillfull analyses. Every women's studies program must have this available. Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

Excerpt

This is the second volume of a two-part study of the rhetoric of early feminists. What follows attempts to survey very briefly the history of the woman's rights/woman suffrage movement and to outline the critical concepts developed at length in the first volume. Those who have volume I available may wish to skip immediately to the texts.

Social movements arise and develop through the interaction of many factors, but rhetoric is a key constituent. In rhetoric, activists define their ideology, urge their demands upon outsiders, refute their opposition, maintain the morale of stalwarts, struggle to enliven familiar arguments, and attempt to keep their concerns high on the political agenda.

This volume is a collection of works of the U.S. woman's rights/woman suffrage movement from its beginnings through 1920. Those items included are key works in the history of the movement that reflect its origins and growth and represent the diversity of issues and styles that characterized it. Each work is preceded by a headnote identifying the author(s) and describing the occasion on which it appeared. The works included were created by figures of national importance and reflect the concerns of the mainstream movement; I have omitted discourse from such . . .

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