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Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences

Ethos in the Age of the Consumable Subject

Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences by Terry Baxter
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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.
Taylor and Francis; May 2004
142 pages; ISBN 9781135876982
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Title: Frederick Douglass's Curious Audiences
Author: Terry Baxter