As in: “Two qualities struck them – (1) the ability of blacks to talk compellingly of the hardships and they had endured and relate these experiences to the black community as a whole and (2) the African-influenced cadence of speech, influenced by the preaching in black churches” (Dray, 2008, p. 45).
Dray, P. (2008). Capitol Men. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- For definitions of Cadence, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
- In celebration of Black History Month, consider browsing the “Say it plain: a century of great African American Speeches” collection found at the Civil Rights Digital Library through our Africana Studies guide. And check out our display to celebrate Black History Month, where you can find Capitol Men, and other books about African American history.