Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences

Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

By Terry Baxter

© 2004 – Routledge

196 pages

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Paperback: 9780415762687
pub: 2014-06-09
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About the Book

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.

About the Author

Terry Baxter received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1998.

About the Series

Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American