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The rhetoric of rebel women : Civil War diaries and Confederate persuasion

Author: Kimberly Harrison
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2013]
Series: Studies in rhetorics and feminisms.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on the rich evidence in women's Civil War diaries, The Rhetoric of Rebel Women recognizes women's persuasive activities as contributions to the creation and maintenance of Confederate identity and culture. Informed by more than one hundred diaries, this study provides insight into how women cultivated rhetorical agency, challenging traditional gender expectations while also upholding a cultural status quo.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly Harrison
ISBN: 9780809332571 0809332574
OCLC Number: 822532857
Description: xviii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Dangerous words/domestic spaces: invading union forces and southern women's rhetorical efforts in self-protection --
A ladylike resistance? Finding the time, place, and means for voicing political allegiances --
Guarded tongues/secure communities: rhetorical responsibilities and "everyday" audiences --
Public voices/divine audiences: Confederate women's prayers during the Civil War --
Audiences victorious, defeated, and free: rhetorical purpose in the immediate postwar south.
Series Title: Studies in rhetorics and feminisms.
Responsibility: Kimberly Harrison.
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"Drawing on the rich evidence in women's Civil War diaries, The Rhetoric of Rebel Women recognizes women's persuasive activities as contributions to the creation and maintenance of Confederate identity and culture. Informed by more than one hundred diaries, this study provides insight into how women cultivated rhetorical agency, challenging traditional gender expectations while also upholding a cultural status quo. Author Kimberly Harrison analyzes the rhetorical choices these women made and valued in wartime and postwar interactions with Union officers and soldiers, slaves and former slaves, local community members, and even their God. In their intimate accounts of everyday war, these diarists discussed rhetorical strategies that could impact their safety, their livelihoods, and those of their families. As they faced Union soldiers in attempts to protect their homes and property, diarists saw their actions as not only having local, immediate impact on their well-being but also as reflecting upon their cause and the character of the southern people as a whole. They instructed themselves through their personal writing, allowing insight into how southern women prepared themselves to speak and act in new and contested contexts."--Publisher's website.

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"In "The Rhetoric of Rebel Women", Kimberly Harrison""focuses on Southern plantation-class women and an underexamined genre, the diary, and makes a compelling case for their rhetorical significance. Read more...

 
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