Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

1st Edition

Terry Baxter

Routledge
Published June 9, 2014
Reference - 194 Pages
ISBN 9780415762687 - CAT# Y163474
Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Summary

This book attempts to answer a fundamental question: How did Douglass manage to persuade anyone about the evils of slavery, and even impress viewers with his personal qualities, when his speeches were commonly considered mere entertainment, in the same category as Barnum's circus acts? In answering this question, Terry Baxter provides a means of understanding the positive responses of Frederick Douglass's white audiences and African American celebrities' roles as both objects of consumption and vehicles for social change.

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