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
Frances Watkins Harper:
What struck you the first time you read this Sojourner Truth speech?
What struck you the first time you read this Francis Watkins Harper speech?
What kinds of questions should you ask when analyzing speeches?
What advice would you give students on analyzing speeches?
How would you move beyond the actual text in analyzing a speech?
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