- 249 pages : black and white photographs ; 24 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Ray, Angela G.,Stob, Paul,
- Contents: The portable lyceum in the civil war / Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray -- Women's entrepreneurial lecturing in the early national period / Granville Ganter -- Mobilizing Irish America in the antebellum lecture hall / Tom F. Wright -- Authentic imitation or perverse original? : learning about race from America's popular platforms / Kirt H. Wilson and Kaitlyn G. Patia -- A lyceum diaspora : Hilary Teague and a Liberian civic identity / Bjørn Stillion Southard -- Secret knowledge, public stage : Joseph Smith's King Follett discourse / Richard Benjamin Crosby -- The "perfect delight" of dramatic reading : Gertrude Kellogg and the post-civil war lyceum / Sara E. Lampert -- Talking music : Amy Fay and the origins of the lecture recital / E. Douglas Bomberger -- Hinduism for the West : Swami Vivekananda's pluralism at the World's Parliament of Religions / Scott R. Stroud -- Conclusion : placing platform culture in nineteenth-century American life / Carolyn Eastman.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "Explores the myriad ways that people in the nineteenth century grappled with questions of learning, belonging, civic participation, and deliberation. Focuses on the dynamics of gender, race, region, and religion, and how individuals and groups often excluded from established institutions developed knowledge useful for public life"--Provided by publisher.