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 Nineteen Sixties black freedom stream, but in addition of the iconic human fight opposed to oppression. A Voice which could Stir an Army is a rhetorical biography that tells the tale of Hamer�s lifestyles by means of concentrating on how she hired symbols� pictures, phrases, or even fabric items comparable to the poll, nutrition, and clothing�to build persuasive public personae, to steer audiences, and to impact social switch.
Drawing upon dozens of newly recovered Hamer texts and up to date interviews with Hamer�s neighbors, kin, and fellow activists, Maegan Parker Brooks strikes chronologically via Hamer�s lifestyles. Brooks recounts Hamer�s early affects, her intersection with the black freedom stream, and her upward push 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 prior to reading how Hamer is remembered posthumously. The publication concludes through emphasizing what continues to be rhetorical approximately Hamer�s biography, utilizing the 2012 statue and museum commitment in Hamer�s place of origin of Ruleville, Mississippi, to ascertain 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 could Stir an Army improve knowing of this key ancient determine. This publication additionally demonstrates how rhetorical research enhances old reconstruction to give an explanation for the dynamics of ways social routine really 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