Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

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Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

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Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the relationship between antislavery texts and emerging representations of "free labor" in mid-nineteenth-century America. Husband shows how the images of families split apart by slavery, circulated primarily by women leaders, proved to be the most powerful weapon in the antislavery cultural campaign and ultimately turned the nation against slavery. She also reveals the ways in which the sentimental narratives and icons that constituted the "family protection campaign" powerfully influenced Americans sense of the role of government, gender, and race in industrializing America. Chapters examine the writings of ardent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass, non-activist sympathizers, and those actively hostile to but deeply immersed in antislavery activism including Nathaniel Hawthorne. -- Provided by publisher

Keywords

Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Abolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Women abolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Social reformers -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Slavery in literature; Protest literature, American -- History and criticism; Labor -- United States -- History -- 19th century; Industrialization -- United States -- Social aspects -- History -- 19th century; Working class -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9780230621480

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Palgrave MacMillan

City

Basingstoke

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Disciplines

Modern Languages | Modern Literature

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author

Object Description

xii, 160 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Language

EN

Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

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