‘The Columbian Orator’ by Caleb Bingham

columbianorator_1705.jpgThe Columbian Orator, a collection of political essays, poems, and dialogues first published in 1797, was widely used in American schoolrooms in the first quarter of the 19th century to teach reading and speaking. Typical of many readers of that period, the anthology included many speeches celebrating “republican virtues” and promoting patriotism. The Columbian Orator is an example of progymnasmata, containing examples for students to copy and imitate. In his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, former slave and abolitionist writer Douglass describes how he “got hold” of a copy of the Columbian Orator at the age of twelve, with far-reaching consequences for his life.

I played Francisco in this short project 🙂

The Columbian Orator by Caleb Bingham

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