Campus Units

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2016

Journal or Book Title

Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Volume

19

Issue

1

First Page

128

Last Page

149

Abstract

This essay expands understanding of situated and invented ethos by analyzing the archival writings of Ruth Buxton Sayre (1896-1980), known as “First Lady of the Farm.” Rhetorical analysis of post-WWII writings by Sayre, as well as archival photographs and publications about Sayre, position Sayre as a model for constructing negotiated ethos and accessing authority through multiple roles. Ultimately, this essay argues that Sayre had to redefine the accepted characterization of women on farms not only to propel her own pursuits as a rhetor, but also to convince farm women of their responsibilities for postwar reconstruction, positioning them as global citizens.

Comments

This is an article from Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 19 (2016): 128. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Language

en

File Format

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