African-American rhetoric

Exhortation and Eulogy – African American Rhetoric Revisited

In my blog and newsletter, I have written about my preoccupations, not only about writing essentials and English fundamentals, but also about the social unrest and civil discourse around racial, economic, and sexual inequalities. Earlier posts focused on rhetoric, especially on how African American rhetoric developed not only for speaking well in public and legal …

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The Monumental Debate – Argument in Rhetorical and Visual Forms

mon·u·men·tal (adjective) great in importance, extent, or size: huge, great, enormous of or serving as a monument: commemorative, memorial, celebratory (lexico.com) I purposely chose the adjective form for this post’s title to emphasize that in the current debate over public statues, the arguments are of enormous importance and the nature of monuments are commemorative and …

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What’s rhetoric got to do with it (writing)?

We have talked about rhetoric and rhetorical strategies in these blog posts before. In particular, we have drawn on the work of Martha Kolln’s Rhetorical Grammar and Mark S. LeTourneau’s English Grammar. Kolln has provided patterns of sentence structure and punctuation for posts on stylistic considerations. In two posts, we examined LeTourneau’s arguments for grammar …

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