The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner
In this chapter, the author offers an introduction to No Future in This Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. The book offers a rhetorical history of Turner’s prophetic rhetoric by examining exclusively his use of prophetic pessimism. The authors aim is to examine “historical events and processes from a rhetorical perspective.” This is accomplished by forgrounding Turner’s prophetic rhetoric in response to historical events. The book examines not only Turner’s response to the event in the moment of the crisis but also the rhetorical context that leads Turner to respond the way that he did. Since speech is not done in isolation, each chapter offers not only Turner’s public responses but other African Americans’ as well. Johnson argues that studying history from a rhetorical perspective helps us see that history is both dialectical and rhetorical. The introduction includes a brief summary of each chapter.
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