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By Professor Dexter B Gordon

Exploring the function of rhetoric in African American id and political discourse

Dexter B. Gordon’s Black id: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalism explores the matter of racial alienation and the significance of rhetoric within the formation of black id within the usa. confronted with alienation and disenfranchisement as part of their day-by-day event, African americans constructed collective practices of empowerment that cohere as a constitutive rhetoric of black ideology. Exploring the origins of that rhetoric, Gordon unearths how the ideology of black nationalism features in modern African American political discourse.

Rooting his research within the phrases and works of nineteenth-century black abolitionists reminiscent of Maria Stewart, David Walker, and Henry Garnet, Gordon explores the rapprochement among rhetorical idea, race, alienation, and the function of public reminiscence in identification formation. He argues that abolitionists used language of their speeches, pamphlets, letters, petitions, and broadsides that demonstrated black id in ways in which might foster liberation and empowerment. The arguments awarded the following represent the single sustained remedy of nineteenth-century black activists from a rhetorical perspective. 

Gordon demonstrates the pivotal function of rhetoric in African American efforts to create a plausible public voice. knowing nineteenth-century black alienation—and its intersection with twentieth-century racism—is an important to realizing the continuing feel of alienation that African american citizens exhibit approximately their American adventure. Gordon explains how the ideology of black nationalism disciplines and describes African American existence for its personal ends, exposing a significant piece of the ideological fight for the soul of the United States. The ebook is either a platform for additional dialogue and a call for participation for extra voices to affix the discourse as we look for how you can understand the feel of alienation skilled and expressed through African americans in modern society.

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Marx’s theory proceeds on the assumption that class is materially determined, to the exclusion of considerations of its social construction. By extension, alienation is not considered to be socially constructed. In response to critics, Engels is deliberate in clarifying that “the determining element in history is ultimately the production and reproduction in real life” and that the economic element is not “the only determining one” (R. Williams 267). Still, as James Aune has observed, the role of rhetoric in this process is thus bracketed and marginalized (Aune 158).

The question is this: In what ways do blacks publicly struggle with the issue of who they are and where they belong as part of their American encounter? The black experience in America from 1619 to the present has been one of a minority group surviving in the midst of an antagonistic white majority. Slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws are just some of the more visible and vulgar manifestations of this antagonism. According to Robert Fogel, these developments are based on “age-old sentiments on slavery with a new emphasis on race that justified white dominion over blacks” (202).

Instead, beginning with the notion that rhetoric is epistemic, McPhail examines the rhetoric of racism through an exploration of the epistemological foundations of race and the influence of such foundational assumptions on racism in black-white relationships. Racism premised on the fallacy of race is, for McPhail, a phenomenon promoted by argument, an antagonistic discourse, which “turns back upon itself to expose the consequences of an epistemic stance grounded in negative difference” (Rhetoric 3).

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