Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform

Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform

By: Martin Crawford (editor), Alan J. Rice (editor)Paperback

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Still in his twenties but already famous for his fiery orations and controversial autobiography, black abolitionist Frederick Douglass traveled to Great Britain in 1845 on an eighteen-month lecture and fund-raising tour. This book examines how that visit affected transatlantic reform movements and Douglass s own thinking. The first book dedicated specifically to the trip, it features the work of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic--including Douglass biographer William McFeely and abolitionist scholar R. J. M. Blackett--who use Douglass s visit to reexamine aspects of his life and times. The contributors reveal the visit s significance to an understanding of transatlantic gender relations, religion, radicalism, and popular views of African Americans in Britain and also examine such topics as Douglass s attitudes toward the Irish and his campaign against the Free Church of Scotland for accepting southern money. Together, these essays show that Douglass s journey was a personal and political triumph and a key event in his development, leaving him better prepared to set the strategies and ideologies of the abolitionist movement."

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Alan J. Rice is senior lecturer in American studies and cultural theory at the University of Central Lancashire. Martin Crawford is a professor of Anglo-American history at Keele University. His books include "Liberating Sojourn," "Reading Southern Poverty between the Wars," "William Howard Russell's Civil War," (all Georgia), and "Ashe County's Civil War."

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/08/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780820321295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780820321295
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 082032129X

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