Columbian Orator Containing a Variety of Original and Selected Pieces Together with Rules, Which Are Calculated to Improve Youth and Others, in the Ornamental and Useful Art of Eloquence

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The Columbian Orator was of profound importance to the shaping of the African American canon, through The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. David Blight has done historians and literary critics a profound service by so expertly editing this germinal text. A must read for scholars of American and African American studies. --Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University Thousands of young readers in 19th century America learned about eloquence and liberty from the stirring speeches, plays, and poems in The Columbian Orator. When one reads it today--even better, reads it aloud- -its eloquence speaks to us all. --Sydney Nathans, Duke University Frederick Douglass validated his manhood by giving Edward Covey, his surrogate slave master, a good whipping. What inspired his fists was not only manly rage, but liberating knowledge--knowledge gained in part from his reading of The Columbian Orator. I read it now and the words still inspire and inflame. --Ossie Davis First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some 23 editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales. The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the 19th century. As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just one book, and read it frequently, referring to it as a gem and his rich treasure. The Columbian Orator presents 84 selections, most of which are notable examples of oratory on such subjects as nationalism, religious faith, individual liberty, freedom, and slavery, including pieces by Washington, Franklin, Milton, Socrates, and Cicero, as well as heroic poetry and dramatic dialogues. Augmenting these is an essay on effective public speaking which influenced Abraham Lincoln as a young politician. As America experiences a resurgence of interest in the art of debating and oratory, The Columbian Orator--whether as historical artifact or contemporary guidebook--is one of those rare books to be valued for what it meant in its own time, and for how its ideas have endured. Above all, this book is a remarkable compilation of Enlightenment era thought and language that has stood the test of time.
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List price: $26.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

David W. Blight is professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Editor's Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
Identification of Authors
Introduction: General Instructions for Speaking
Oration on Eloquence
Speech in Congress, 1789
Speech of a Roman General
Exhortation on Temperance in Pleasure
Judah's Plea for Benjamin, before Joseph
Plea in Behalf of Thomas Muir
On the starry Heavens
Paper, a Poem
Speech before the Roman Senate
Dialogue between Duellist, Savage, and Mercury
Speech of an Indian Chief
On the Creation of the World
Lines spoken by a little Boy
Speech in the British Parliament, 1766
Scene from the Farce of Lethe
Eulogy on Dr. Franklin
Epilogue to Addison's Cato
Self-Conceit, an Address by a small Boy
Dialogue between Howard and Lester
Christ's Crucifixion
The Wonders of Nature
Dialogue on Physiognomy
Oration at the Festival of Gratitude
Address to the President of the United States
President's Answer
The oppressive Landlord, a Dialogue
Speech in the British parliament, 1770
On the Day of Judgment
Christ triumphant over the apostate Angels
Slaves in Barbary, a Drama in two Acts
Speech in the British Parliament, 1770
Plea before a Roman Court
Dialogue on Cowardice and Knavery
Speech in the British Parliament
Extract from an Oration against Catiline
Description of the first American Congress
Speech of a French General to his Army
Reflections over the Grave of a young Man
Scene from the Drama of "Moses in the Bulrushes"
Speech of a Roman General
Speech in the British Parliament, 1784
Address to the People of the United States
Dialogue on the Choice of Business for Life
Speech of a French General
Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
Dialogue between a School-master and School Committee
Speech in the British Parliament, 1770
On the general Judgment Day
On the Works of Creation and Providence
Speech in the British Parliament, 1778
The Conjurer, a Dialogue
Speech in the British Parliament, 1775
Speech of the Caledonian General
Modern Education, a Dialogue
On the Existence of God, a Sermon
The Dignity of Human Nature
Internal Conference
Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
On the Day of Judgment
The dissipated Oxford Student
Speech in Congress, on the British Treaty
Oration on Independence, July 4, 1796
General Description of America, a Poem
Dialogue between a Master and Slave
Speech in the Irish Parliament
Scene from the Tragedy of Tamerlane
Speech in the British Parliament
The Last Day
Dialogue on Loquacity
American Sages
Speech in the British Parliament, 1777
Scene from the Tragedy of Cato
Oration delivered at Boston, July 4, 1794
Dialogue between a White Man and an Indian
Oration, pronounced at Boston, July 4, 1796
Dialogue between Edward and Harry
David and Goliath
Oration on the Powers of Eloquence
Dialogue on Civilization
Oration on the Manumission of Slaves
A Forensic Dispute
Oration delivered at Boston, March 5th, 1780
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