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Shirley Wilson Logan
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 5/31/2007

Sites of Rhetorical Education for African Americans in the 19th Century

The project analyzes the experiences that served to improve communicative abilities of nineteenth-century African Americans. This "rhetorical education" took place through imported African oral traditions of storytelling; church-affiliated singing, preaching, and teaching; social gatherings in homes; literary and debating societies; self-education; public political gatherings; pamphleteering and the black press; and formal instruction in black schools and colleges, to name the more prominent sites. By adding to our understanding of the ways in which people have acquired and can acquire communicative abilities, this project will help to guide our approaches to contemporary rhetorical education as a means to a more participatory democracy.