Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourse
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Essays addressing relatively unknown or unexamined speeches delivered by famous or influential environmental figures.
The written works of nature's leading advocates—from Charles Sumner and John Muir to Rachel Carson and President Jimmy Carter, to name a few—have been the subject of many texts, but their speeches remain relatively unknown or unexamined. Green Voices aims to redress this situation. After all, when it comes to the leaders, heroes, and activists of the environmental movement, their speeches formed part of the fertile earth from which uniquely American environmental expectations, assumptions, and norms germinated and grew. Despite having in common a definitively rhetorical focus, the contributions in this book reflect a variety of methods and approaches. Some concentrate on a single speaker and a single speech. Others look at several speeches. Some are historical in orientation, while others are more theoretical. In other words, this collection examines the broad sweep of US environmental history from the perspective of our most famous and influential environmental figures.
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Richard D. Besel is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and coeditor (with Jnan A. Blau) of Performance on Behalf of the Environment. Bernard K. Duffy is Professor and Department Chair of Communication Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and coeditor (with Richard W. Leeman) of The Will of a People: A Critical Anthology of Great African American Speeches.
"Overall, Green Voices is a strong collection that will be especially interesting to environmental communication scholars trained in methods of public address and rhetorical criticism … The primary contribution of this collection is that it maps the rhetorical history of the U. S. environmental movement through key case studies and demonstrates the fruitful area of study available to those interested in the urgent environmental advocacy of public speech. " — Rhetoric & Public Affairs
"The richly researched chapters are written in a scholarly and highly readable format, making this work accessible to a variety of audiences. " — CHOICE