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Jacqueline Jones Royster

Name: Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University

Presentation Title: "Creating a Usable Past: Challenges for Knowledge-Making in the History of African-American Women's Rhetoric"

Date: September 28, 2000

Abstract

This presentation focuses on African-American women's writing in two ways: 1) in recognizing ways in which 19th century African-American women essayists created an ethos for rhetorical action in the use of writing to engage in sociopolitical change; 2) in underscoring challenges of contemporary rhetoricians in establishing a theoretical framework that permits those achievements to be viewed as substantive and intellectually relevant in the history or rhetoric