Dr. Brian Fehler is an Assistant Professor at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and composition theory. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.2007 0-7734-5430-6
An examination of early nineteenth-century journals, sermons, and course syllabi written by prominent members of the Calvinist clergy, especially the Bartlet Chairs of Sacred Rhetoric at Andover Seminary, shows how an emerging oratorical culture in the United States impacted the choices made by Calvinist clergy. This study considers how the theory and practice of rhetoric changed in the face of democratizing forces that contributed to a distinctly oratorical culture in the early republic. This study should appeal to scholars interested in the history of rhetoric and American religion.