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No Future in This CountryThe Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner$
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Andre E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830708

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830708.001.0001

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The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

(p.3) Introduction
No Future in This Country

Andre E. Johnson

University Press of Mississippi

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.

Keywords:   Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, rhetorical history, prophetic, African American, history

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