The interpretation of abolitionist rhetoric: Historiography, rhetorical method, and history
Ernest Bormann’s response to “Symbolic Convergence and Abolitionism” fails to address the central point of our essay—he wrongly dichotomizes abolitionist rhetoric. We contend that: (1) Bormann’s interpretation was deeply influenced by Barnes; (2) convergence theory did not generate Bormann’s interpretation of abolition; (3) our use of terministic analysis is appropriate; and (4) Bormann’s views on abolition are imprecise and overgeneralized. Beneath our disagreement on abolition rhetoric lie deeper differences of purpose and impulse. © 1995 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Smith, Ralph R., and Russel R. Windes. "The interpretation of abolitionist rhetoric: Historiography, rhetorical method, and history." Southern Journal of Communication 60, no. 4 (1995): 303-311.
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