Chapter 8. The Racial Contexts of Public Address

Interpreting Violence During the Reconstruction Era

  1. Shawn J. Parry-Giles Professor Director2 and
  2. J. Michael Hogan PhD Professor scholarly advisor3
  1. Kirt H. Wilson Associate Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch8

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

How to Cite

Wilson, K. H. (2010) The Racial Contexts of Public Address, in The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (eds S. J. Parry-Giles and J. M. Hogan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Maryland, USA

  2. 3

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota's Communication Studies Department, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178136

Online ISBN: 9781444324105



  • racial contexts of public address - interpreting violence during reconstruction era;
  • meaning and significance of research - research of a past, distant to political or cultural concerns of the present;
  • role of context in contemporary research - having precedents in the discipline's literature;
  • speaker biography, social conflict and racial contexts;
  • Ernest Wrage, essay encouraging rhetorical scholars to use their analyses of public addresses;
  • text and context in hermeneutic criticism - Lincoln's rhetorical leadership;
  • interpreting violent acts of reconstruction;
  • interpreting violence, as intimate struggle among neighbors;
  • rhetorical analysis of civil rights movement - in the mid-1960s;
  • use of history, justifying continued practice of lynching (physical violence) and rhetoric of difference and inferiority


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Speaker Biography, Social Conflict, and Racial Contexts

  • Interpreting the Violent Acts of Reconstruction

  • Conclusion