"Persuasion Dwelt on Her Tongue": Female Civic Rhetoric in Early America

Janet Carey Eldred, Peter Mortensen

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Taps research in American studies to learn more about rhetoric and writing instruction in post-Revolutionary America. Merges the separate (and gendered) histories of early 19th-century American rhetoric, breaking down the separate spheres in contemporary historical and literary scholarship. Examines civic rhetoric found in texts that represent women's schooling.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-88
Number of pages16
JournalCollege English
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • political rhetoric
  • classical rhetoric
  • literary history
  • literary rhetoric
  • women's studies
  • oratory
  • United States history
  • women's education
  • civics
  • American literature


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