Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

by Julie Husband
     
 

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

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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.

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"In an important and ground-breaking book, Husband has corralled a compelling basket of texts and arguments to support her case. There is much here for the amateur and the professional scholar alike."—Larry Hudson, Department of History, University of Rochester

“The writers Husband treats in Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature are the co-creators of our present progressive political discourse, their issues our issues: health care, diversity, civil rights…She understands the complexity and constraint of sentimentalist plots and logics in their writing, especially as they struggle to address their urgent social issues.”—Neil Schmitz, Professor of American Literature, SUNY-Buffalo

“A welcome fresh look…Tracing the afterlife of antislavery discourse beyond the Civil War, Husband succeeds in illuminating both the continuities between the ‘maternalist politics’ of antebellum and Progressive-era women reformers and the ‘paradigm shift’ Frederick Douglass initiated in civil rights agitation by rejecting sentimental images of broken families for embodiments of black masculinity.”—Carolyn L. Karcher, author of The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230621480
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/15/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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