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Carla L. Peterson is a professor in the department of English at the University of Maryland, and affiliate faculty of the Women's Studies and American Studies departments as well as the Afro-American Studies Program. She is the author of "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880). Peterson has also published numerous essays on nineteenth-century African-American literature and literary history. Her current project, Family History in Public Places, is a social and cultural history of African-American life in nineteenth-century New York City as seen through the lens of family history.

 


Sojourner Truth:
"Children, I talks to God and God talks to me . . ."
[read speech excerpt]

Frances Watkins Harper:
"But a few months since, a man escaped from bondage and found a
temporary shelter . . ."
[read speech excerpt ]

What struck you the first time you read this Sojourner Truth speech?

[2:25]

What struck you the first time you read this Francis Watkins Harper speech?

[3:46]

What kinds of questions should you ask when analyzing speeches?

[3:35]

What advice would you give students on analyzing speeches?

[2:03]

How would you move beyond the actual text in analyzing a speech?

[1:49]

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