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Published: Jun 2 2020
Size: 6 x 9
edited by Sean Patrick O'Rourke and Lesli K. Pace
Sean Patrick O'Rourke is a professor of rhetoric and American studies and director of the Center for Speaking and Listening at Sewanee: The University of the South.
Lesli K. Pace is chair and associate professor of communication studies and modern languages at Southeast Missouri State University.
"O'Rourke and Pace have assembled an impressive set of scholars tackling historical cases studies of it-Ins as protest. The much-needed book offers a fresh look at famous but also lesser known cases, all argued as critical rhetorical episodes for their persuasive objective. This volume greatly enhances the study of civil rights and social justice."—Amos Kiewe, Syracuse University
"O'Rourke, Pace, and their ambitious contributors offer diverse critical perspectives for understanding sit-ins as fundamentally rhetorical events in the civil rights movement. This incisive volume illuminates the breadth and depth of sitting in as embodied rhetorical activism toward liberation from injustice and white supremacy."—Leland G. Spencer, Miami University
"An excellent collection of rhetorical studies of the sit-ins of the civil rights movement that captures the demonstrations in their fullest complexities. The exploration of a variety of texts—from bodies to photographs to newspapers—performs the important work of reshaping our memories in profound ways and inviting us to reassess their many contemporary legacies."—Patricia Davis, Northeastern University
"This distinctive collection brilliantly documents, analyzes, and memorializes the multifaceted sit-in tradition within the American Black Freedom Movement. In so doing, Like Wildfire enriches both popular and scholarly understanding of rhetorical history, social protest, and nonviolent direct action—an invigorating read with the potential to inspire contemporary students, researchers, and activists, alike."—Maegan Parker Brooks, author of Fannie Lou Hamer: America's Freedom Fighting Woman
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