By Maegan Parker Brooks
A sharecropper, a warrior, and a truthtelling prophet, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917�1977) stands as a strong image not just of the Sixties black freedom circulate, but in addition of the iconic human fight opposed to oppression. A Voice which may Stir an Army is a rhetorical biography that tells the tale of Hamer�s existence via targeting how she hired symbols� photos, phrases, or even fabric gadgets equivalent to the poll, foodstuff, and clothing�to build persuasive public personae, to persuade audiences, and to impact social swap.
Drawing upon dozens of newly recovered Hamer texts and up to date interviews with Hamer�s associates, relations, and fellow activists, Maegan Parker Brooks strikes chronologically via Hamer�s lifestyles. Brooks recounts Hamer�s early impacts, her intersection with the black freedom circulate, and her upward thrust to prominence on the 1964 Democratic nationwide conference. Brooks additionally considers Hamer�s lesserknown contributions to the struggle opposed to poverty and to feminist politics sooner than examining how Hamer is remembered posthumously. The booklet concludes via emphasizing what continues to be rhetorical approximately Hamer�s biography, utilizing the 2012 statue and museum commitment in Hamer�s native land of Ruleville, Mississippi, to check the bigger social, political, and historiographical implications of her legacy.
The sustained attention of Hamer�s wideranging use of symbols and the reconstruction of her legacy supplied in the pages of A Voice which may Stir an Army increase knowing of this key historic determine. This e-book additionally demonstrates how rhetorical research enhances old reconstruction to give an explanation for the dynamics of ways social activities truly operate.
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A Voice That Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement (Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series) by Maegan Parker Brooks