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The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Rhetoric & Public Affairs)

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Angela Ray provides a refreshing new look at the lyceum lecture system as it developed in the United States from the 1820s to the 1880s. She argues that the lyceum contributed to the creation of an American "public" at a time when the country experienced a rapid change in land area, increasing immigration, and a revolution in transportation, communication technology, and social roles.

     The history of the lyceum in the nineteenth century illustrates a process of expansion, diffusion, and eventual commercialization. In the late 1820s, a politically and economically dominant culture—the white Protestant northeastern middle class—institutionalized the practice of public debating and public lecturing for education and moral uplift. In the 1820s and 1830s, the lyceum was characterized by organized groups in cities and towns, particularly in the Northeast and the Old Northwest (now the Midwest). These groups were established to promote debate, to create a setting for study, and to provide a forum for members lecturing. By the 1840s and 1850s, however, most lyceums concentrated on the sponsorship of public lectures, presented for institutional profit as well as public instruction and entertainment. Eventually, lyceum lectures became a commercial enterprise and desirable platform for celebrities who wished to expand their incomes from lecturing.

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Angela Ray provides a refreshing new look at the lyceum lecture system as it developed in the United States from the 1820s to the 1880s. She argues that the lyceum contributed to the creation of an American "public" at a time when the country experienced a rapid change in land area, increasing immigration, and a revolution in transportation, communication technology, and social roles.

    

About the Author

Angela G. Ray is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, upon which this work is based, won a Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association. 

     Angela has received three awards for The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States: the National Communication Association 2006 Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address; the National Communication Association 2006 Diamond Anniversary Award; and the 2006 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870137440
Author:
Ray, Angela G.
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Adult & Continuing Education
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Lyceums -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Education-Adult Education
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
371
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Business » Communication
Education » Adult Education
History and Social Science » Intercultural Communications » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
Reference » Rhetoric

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Angela Ray provides a refreshing new look at the lyceum lecture system as it developed in the United States from the 1820s to the 1880s. She argues that the lyceum contributed to the creation of an American "public" at a time when the country experienced a rapid change in land area, increasing immigration, and a revolution in transportation, communication technology, and social roles.

    

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