Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846: Living an Antislavery Life

Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846: Living an Antislavery Life

By: Alasdair Pettinger (author)Hardback

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Frederick Douglass (1818-95) was not the only fugitive from American slavery to visit Scotland before the Civil War, but he was the best known and his impact was far-reaching. This book shows that addressing crowded halls from Ayr to Aberdeen, he gained the confidence, mastered the skills and fashioned the distinctive voice that transformed him as a campaigner. It tells how Douglass challenged the Free Church over its ties with the Southern plantocracy; how he exploited his knowledge of Walter Scott and Robert Burns to brilliant effect; and how he asserted control over his own image at a time when racial science and blackface minstrel shows were beginning to shape his audiences' perceptions. He arrived as a subordinate envoy of white abolitionists, legally still enslaved. He returned home as a free man ready to embark on a new stage of his career, as editor and proprietor of his own newspaper and a leader in his own right.

About Author

Alasdair Pettinger is an independent scholar.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781474444255
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 848
  • ID: 9781474444255
  • ISBN10: 1474444253

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