Inspired by Thomas Bonfiglio's Race and the Rise of American Standard (2002), we apply the ethnography of speaking to 19th and early 20th century language and elocution textbooks in the northeast, as well as ephemera from the period. Treating these as communicative events, we read each to discover the work of national formation that it performs.
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In The Prompter; or Common Sayings, and Subjects, Which are Full of Common Sense, the Best Sense in the World, Noah Webster...
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