Volume 1 of the Rhetorical History of the United States series probes formal and ideational aspects of colonial rhetoric to illuminate textual/contextual interactions and their enduring implications for American rhetoric. Topics such as millennialism, religious freedom and toleration, covenant theology, revivalism, and the British heritage of American colonial rhetoric are explored. By examining sermons, forensic speaking, theological treatise, literary traditions, prayers, poems, and other rhetorical artifacts, these essays help to illuminate the sources of American identity as that identity was formed through the theory and practice of rhetoric.
Rhetoric, Religion, and the Roots of Identity in British Colonial America
A Rhetorical History of the United States, Volume 1
Publication Date: July 11th, 2007
372 pages| 8.5 in x 11 in
James R. Andrews is professor emeritus of American Studies, Victorian Studies, and culture at Indiana University.