Elizabeth and Waties Waring: Paving the Rhetorical Road to Brown v. Board of Education


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This book examines the rhetorical battle that paved the way for change in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education. As a rhetorical biography, it offers an account of resistance to white supremacy as seen through the lives and words of Elizabeth and Waties Waring. The Warings initiated a two-person movement with a series of speeches delivered from 1949 to 1951 designed to shift public opinion to the extent necessary to force the federal government to intervene in the South and end legally-mandated school segregation. The Warings' goal was to influence the outcome of Briggs v. Elliott, the school segregation case that originated in Clarendon County, South Carolina.