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Community Presence

Kolan Thomas Morelock

in Taking the Town

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.003.0005
Community Presence

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The second annual intercollegiate state oratorical competition was, like that of the previous year, anticipated and attended by several college students and well-wishers at the Lexington Opera House. The Kentucky Leader, which was one of those that provided detailed coverage of the events of the competition, ended its description by illustrating how the Kentucky Chautauqua Assembly was already inviting many regional colleges to compete in an oratorical contest in June 1889. In 1887, various efforts were seen in mobilization in terms of organizing, implementing, advocating, and providing rewards to a wider scale of collegiate oratory as several different schools were invited to participate. This chapter attempts to look into collegiate literary societies as these moved towards the Gilded Age.

Keywords: Gilded Age; oratorical competition; Kentucky Leader; collegiate oratory

Chapter.  13089 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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