ENG696D Literacy Resources

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Weekly Assignments
Course Overview

Rhetoric | Education  | General Archives | Revolutionary Rhetoric | Social Movements and Cultural Theory  | Abolitionist Movement | Suffragist Movement | Progressive Era | Pragmatism |


Orator statueRhetoric as a method and object of historical study is a brief handout that lays out basic points about rhetoric.

The Forest of Rhetoric: silva rhetoricae by Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University provides definitions of common terms and overviews of major developments in classical and renaissance rhetorics.

Ariadne's Threads--Lines of Inquiry by H. Lewis Ulman provides an excellent set of very useful issues in rhetoric with guiding questions and supporting discussions to help you think through lines of research for your writings this semester.

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing by Patricia Bizzell, Bruce Herzberg, and Nedra Reynolds is a very valuable resource for on-line research in rhetoric and composition.   It provides a general survey of fields of study in rhetoric and composition and includes a brief history of rhetoric and annotated bibliographies of the history of rhetoric.

Bibliographies for Rhetoric and Composition by Rebecca Moore Howard include the most extensive set of bibliographies I know of on topics ranging from Ability Grouping to WPAing, with many on topics related to histories of rhetorics.

Gender and the History of Rhetoric is a bibliography by Andrea Lunsford that should be broadly useful for work on related topics.       

The Federalist essays of  Alexander Hamilton, James Maddison, and John Jay

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments:

George Campbell's Philosophy of Rhetoric, an online edition prepared by Lewis Ulman:

This Hugh Blair webpage includes not only his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres but also useful information on its philosophical and historical contexts:

Resource Page on Political Rhetoric
includes links aimed at undergraduates on rhetorical analysis, research, and writing along with a wide range of sources on contemporary political rhetoric


National Center for Educational Statistics

Literacy and Education

History of Education in the United States

History of American Education (lots of images)

General Archives

From Revolution to Reconstruction and what happened after. . . provides an extensive archive of primary texts that is more expansive than the title suggests, for texts run from the Magna Charta up through twentieth-century rhetoric, including recent State of the Union speeches.

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank includes hundreds of speeches in text, audio, and video.

Political Rhetoric is an extensive website with search engines, databases, tutorials, and other resources developed by Atifa Rawan of the UofA Library for one of my undergraduate courses. Unlike the sources included below, this website is a portal that is specifically designed to help you do research in our library.

The On-Line Books page at the University of Pennsylvania provides access to thousands of online books and other major collections:

Including the valuable Making of America collection at Cornell that includes dozens of nineteenth-century journals and hundreds of books and pamphlets:

From Revolution to Reconstruction, a website with primary texts and background materials on American history:

The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Books and Periodicals includes 1500 books and 23 periodicals from the period:

Revolutionary Rhetoric

Primary Source Documents Relating to Early American History  is an extensive collection of links to works on politics and culture from the Colonial Period.

Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Traditions focuses on the religious sources and literary expressions of American Puritanism.

Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography will be discussed in our second class.  Another version of the Autobiography is included in the complete collection of Franklin's Writings,  including his famous "Poor Richard" essays.  We will be particularly concerned with Franklin's account of how he taught himself to write from his Autobiography.  This facsimile copy of Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette provides a sense of the colonial periodical press.  Benjamin Franklin Links on the WWW includes links to additional resources on Franklin.

The Men Behind the American Revolution: Thomas Paine provides an introduction to the leading propagandist for human rights during the American Revolution.  Thomas Paine's writings are also available in the Secular Web Library.

Biographies of America's Founding Fathers are provided by ColonialHall.com, which also includes related documents for signers of the Declaration and Independence and Constitution and over 100 other figures.

The Road to Independence
is a chapter of the US Information Agency's richly interactive Outline of American History, which includes links on all the leading figures with further links to their writings.

The Avalon Project of the Yale Law School includes full copies of many eighteenth-century texts.

Map of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the Revolution
The Art Gallery Foyer from Americanrevolution.org provides a collection of the best known portraits of the leading figures in the American Revolution.

George Washington at sixteen copied out the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation to provide himself with a rulebook for polite decorum, for which he became a national model.

The Declaration of Independence: The Want, Will, and Hopes of the People This ushistory.org website provides a rich set of links to Jefferson's Account, his draft, and that approved by the Continental Congress.

painting founding fathersThe Declaration of Independence: A History This National Archives website provides details on the composition and later history of the original Declaration.

Jefferson Digital Archive
from the University of Virginia includes Jefferson's published writings and correspondence.
Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government provides a searchable collection of quotations on Jefferson's major concepts.  See also the writings of Jefferson included in the Outline of American History.

The British Constitution  was not a specific written document, as discussed in this entry from the Wikepedia

A Short Biography of Madison is included on the University of Virgina website dedicated to his published papers.

The Founders' Constitution includes links to source texts for each of the passages in the Constitution.

Social Movements and Cultural Theory

Social Movements and Culture: A Resource Site includes pages on various social movements, including Abolition/Slavery and Women's Movements and Feminist Sites.

Gramsci webpage created by Monica Stillo:

Abolitionist Movement

Frederick DouglassWhat, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity. Frederick Douglass The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro, July 5, 1852

Digital History provides introductory overviews of various aspects of the pre-Civil War era and other periods and developments in American history.

"I will Be Heard!" Abolitionism in America
from Cornell University provides an accessible overview of historical developments as well as a brief analysis of the abolitionists' rhetorical strategies and access to a rich array of primary texts such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Frederick Douglass's Works.
The Columbian Orator,  which Douglass studied to teach himself to read and write.
Other writings about and by freed slaves. from the Documenting the South Archives

Sojourner Truth's Narrative of Sojourner Truth; a Bondswoman of Olden Time.  Boston, 1875.

Sojourner Truth page includes links to her speeches and related resources.  It is part of the Women in History: Living Vignettes of Notable Women from U.S. History, which has also developed a list of links on other leading female Historical Figures.

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
from the Library of Congress provides an overview of African American history with links to facsimile editions of primary works from the slave era to the Civil Rights movement.

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship from the Library of Congress provides an overview of African American history with links to facsimile editions of primary works from the slave era to the Civil Rights movement.

Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
includes a searchable database of interviews and photographs of former slaves.

Suffragist Movement

Boston University Research Guide to Women in the United States in the 19th Century

Voice of the Shuttle

The Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the 19th Century includes a rich archive of primary texts as well as bibliographies and related links:

Created Equal is a comprehensive website for the Women's Rights National Historical Park that was developed by the National Parks Service. The site includes writings and information on the leading abolitionist and suffragist rhetoricians who participated in the First Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls in 1848 as well as background materials such as timelines for the abolition, women's rights, and temperance movements.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 includes related links and materials, many of which must be accessed through the UofA library or other subscribing libraries.  To access the full archives of Women and Social Movements,  you must go through the UofA Library and provide your cat card number.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
provides access to writings from the Library of Congress, which has also developed the By Popular Demand: "Votes for 'Women' Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920."

One Hundred Years toward Suffrage by Susan Barber and Barbara Orbach Natanson includes a timeline with links to background information and writings for figures ranging from Abigail Adams to twentieth-century suffragists.

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony
  is one of the archives of Famous Trials created by Douglas Linder on cases ranging from Socrates to O.J. Simpson.

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
is the website for the PBS documentary that was co-directed by Ken Burns.

Women Writers: 18th Century is an accessible page from About.com, which includes many distracting ads on their page.

Progressive Era