CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

In the preface to his book, Gold offers some context for his site selection and the arguments he plans to develop. The purpose of his book is to examine rhetorical education at three historically neglected institutions: Wiley College (a private HBCU), Texas Woman’s University (a public all-women’s college), and East Texas Normal school (an independent… Continue reading Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

Rhetoric

Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women

My apprenticeship has been long and enlightening. I have learned to engage in a painstaking process of recovery and reconstruction; to use multidisciplinary sources; to count experience variously, especially when the people whose experience it was are no longer alive and when they did not always leave clear records of themselves. I have learned to… Continue reading Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

Role of the Leader in Social Movements

Some figures emerge from social movements as leaders of the people, whether they choose or accept these labels or not: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Desmond Tutu. Some movements are leader-less, their power decentralized and dispersed: the animal liberation movement, radical environmentalism, Occupy. Though I have read his essay… Continue reading Role of the Leader in Social Movements