On fire : five civil rights sit-ins and the rhetoric of protest / edited by Sean Patrick O'Rourke & Lesli K. Pace.

  • Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2021]
  • ©2021
xi, 125 pages ; 23 cm


Studies in rhetoric/communication [More in this series]
Summary note
"The social, political, and legal struggles that made up the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century produced and refined a wide range of rhetorical strategies and tactics. Arguably the most astonishing and certainly the least understood are the sit-in protests that swept the nation at the beginning of the 1960s. A companion to Like Wildfire: The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Sit-Ins, this concentrated collection of essays examines the origins and rhetorical methods of five distinct civil rights sit-ins of 1960, in Greenville, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and neighboring Rock Hill, South Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; and New Orleans, Louisiana. While these protests shared common influences and intentions, each demonstration was singular in its execution and reception. For students of rhetoric, protest, and sociopolitical movements, this volume demonstrates how by using lenses of rhetorical somatics, "bodily rhetoric," constitutive rhetoric, Christian rhetoric, and visual rhetoric, we can read the sit-ins as essentially persuasive conflicts in which participants invented and deployed arguments and actions in attempts to change segregated communities and the attitudes, traditions, and policies that maintained segregation"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction : five civil rights sit-ins and the rhetoric of protest / Sean Patrick O'Rourke & Lesli K. Pace
  • Reading bodies, reading books : a rhetorical history of the 1960 Greenville, South Carolina, sit-ins / Sean Patrick O'Rourke
  • Nothing new for Easter : rhetoric, collective action, and the Louisville sit-in movement / Stephen Schneider
  • The Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rock Hill, South Carolina, sit-ins : constitutive publics and the role of audience / Richard W. Leeman
  • Visual narratives, Christian rhetoric, and Kairos : the New Orleans Woolworth's sit-in / Lesli K. Pace
  • Afterword : the embers that remain / Sean Patrick O'Rourke & Lesli K. Pace.
  • 9781643361611 (paperback)
  • 1643361619 (paperback)
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  • 40030364612
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