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Creating the Foundation for Success: The Prophetic Optimism of African American Oratory during Reconstruction

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The period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) offered African Americans hope that America would begin to live up to its promises of a land truly dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Many African American orators who proclaimed opportunities for education, wealth, and prosperity for the former enslaved people of the South promoted those promises. Grounded in the belief that God ordained the Civil War to eradicate the shackles of slavery, these prophetic orators constructed African Americans as a people whose time had come to shine and show the world that if given an opportunity, African Americans could become self-sufficient citizens. In doing so, these orators created the foundation that many future orators would later build upon during the Jin Crow years. In this essay, I will examine some of the rhetorical strategies that these orators used in creating this rhetorical foundation, which we now commonly see as part of the African American rhetorical tradition.
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Johnson, Andre. "Creating the Foundation for Success: The Prophetic Optimism of African American Oratory during Reconstruction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435861_index.html>

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Johnson, A. E. , 2010-09-29 "Creating the Foundation for Success: The Prophetic Optimism of African American Oratory during Reconstruction" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435861_index.html

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Abstract: The period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) offered African Americans hope that America would begin to live up to its promises of a land truly dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Many African American orators who proclaimed opportunities for education, wealth, and prosperity for the former enslaved people of the South promoted those promises. Grounded in the belief that God ordained the Civil War to eradicate the shackles of slavery, these prophetic orators constructed African Americans as a people whose time had come to shine and show the world that if given an opportunity, African Americans could become self-sufficient citizens. In doing so, these orators created the foundation that many future orators would later build upon during the Jin Crow years. In this essay, I will examine some of the rhetorical strategies that these orators used in creating this rhetorical foundation, which we now commonly see as part of the African American rhetorical tradition.


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