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A sharecropper, a warrior, and a truth telling prophet, Fannie Lou Hamer 1917 1977 stands as a powerful symbol not only of the 1960s black freedom movement, but also of the enduring human struggle against oppression A Voice That Could Stir an Army is a rhetorical biography that tells the story of Hamer s life by focusing on how she employed symbols images, words, and even material objects such as the ballot, food, and clothing to construct persuasive public personae, to influence audiences, and to effect social change Drawing upon dozens of newly recovered Hamer texts and recent interviews with Hamer s friends, family, and fellow activists, Maegan Parker Brooks moves chronologically through Hamer s life Brooks recounts Hamer s early influences, her intersection with the black freedom movement, and her rise to prominence at the 1964 Democratic National Convention Brooks also considers Hamer s lesser known contributions to the fight against poverty and to feminist politics before analyzing how Hamer is remembered posthumously The book concludes by emphasizing what remains rhetorical about Hamer s biography, using the 2012 statue and museum dedication in Hamer s hometown of Ruleville, Mississippi, to examine the larger social, political, and historiographical implications of her legacy The sustained consideration of Hamer s wide ranging use of symbols and the reconstruction of her legacy provided within the pages of A Voice That Could Stir an Army enrich understanding of this key historical figure This book also demonstrates how rhetorical analysis complements historical reconstruction to explain the dynamics of how social movements actually operate....

Title : A Voice That Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement (Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series)
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ISBN : 1496807936
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University Press of Mississippi Reprint edition February 12, 2016
Number of Pages : 324 pages
File Size : 570 KB
Status : Available For Download
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