Public Debate in the Civil War Era: A Rhetorical History of the United States, Volume IV (Hardcover)
Public debate and discussion was overshadowed by the slavery controversy during the period of the U.S. Civil War. Slavery was attacked, defended, amplified, and mitigated. This happened in the halls of Congress, the courts, the political debate, the public platform, and the lecture hall. This volume examines the issues, speakers, and venues for this controversy between 1850 and 1877. It combines exploration of the broad contours of controversy with careful analysis of specific speakers and texts.
David Zarefsky is Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Argumentation and Debate, and professor emeritus of communication studies at Northwestern University. He is a former president of both the National Communication Association and the Rhetoric Society of America, and he has received awards for distinguished scholarship and service from both organizations. He is the author of Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate, among other books.