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Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences

Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

By Terry Baxter

Routledge – 2004 – 194 pages

Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Description

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.

Author Bio

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

Name: Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences: Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Terry Baxter. 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...
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