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By Deborah F. Atwater

African American Women's Rhetoric is a entire examine of the ways that African American ladies in politics, schooling, enterprise, and different social contexts have attempted to cajole their audiences to worth what they are saying and who they're. via particular examinations of the rhetoric of a number of girls in very important classes in American background, Deborah Atwater finds that African American girls this day who interact in speech within the public sphere (such as Condoleezza Rice, Barbara Jordan, and others) stem from an enormous lineage of energetic, outspoken girls.

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When Mrs. Lincoln left the White House on her way to Chicago, she owed store bills amounting to $70,000. President Lincoln was not aware of this debt. The rest of Mrs. Keckley’s book and story deals with her interactions with Mrs. Lincoln in an attempt to help Mrs. Lincoln sell her possessions to obtain money. The only negative sentiment expressed by Mrs. ”31 Mrs. Keckley was in some financial difficulty, and Miss Mary Welsh of St. Louis, one of her St. Louis patrons, persuaded her to apply for a pension from Congress regarding the loss of her son in the war.

Brady and Company and Mr. Keyes to handle the sale of her items. While in New York, Mrs. Keckley asked Frederick Douglass for help raising money for Mrs. Lincoln, but Mrs. Lincoln refused his help. Mrs. Keckley stayed about two months in New York, but the sale was futile, and the firm of Brady and Keyes dissolved. On March 4, 1868, Mrs. Keckley received the rest of the items from the firm and was charged $800 for their services. The items were sent back to Mrs. Lincoln with a note that all charges for services had been paid in full.

What is also unusual about her writing is that she casually refers to violent acts of war in a matter-of-fact tone, as this passage indicates. “The regiment remained in Augusta for thirty days when it was ordered to Hamburg, South Carolina, and on to Charleston. The bushwackers (what Confederate rebels were called) would conceal themselves in the cars used to transfer our soldiers and when the boys, worn out and tired, would fall asleep, these men would come out from their hiding places and cut their throats.

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