Sense and Sensibility: Analyzing the Rhetoric of the Revolution
Professor Lucia Z. Knoles, Assumption College and
Thomas G. Knoles, Curator of Manuscripts, American Antiquarian Society
Saturday, March 11, 2006
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Writing to a friend in 1810, John Adams claimed that the real
revolution "was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in
the minds and hearts of the people." In order to understand how this
transformation took place, Adams claimed, we would need to "undertake the
laborious, but certainly interesting and amusing task, of searching and
collecting all the records, pamphlets, newspaper, and even handbills,
which in any way contributed to change the temper and views of the people,
and compose them into an independent nation." That is precisely what we
will be doing in this seminar.
In the course of the session, participants will learn techniques for
analyzing eighteenth century broadsides and pamphlets and use their skills
to analyze representative broadsides and pamphlets of the period. By
bringing together the results of our textual investigations, we will
develop an overview of the themes and techniques which characterized the
rhetoric of the revolution.
To register, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or
asopcak[at]mwa.org. Preference will be given to teachers from the
Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other
districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on
a waiting list.
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