Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American by J. Husband

By J. Husband

Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the connection among antislavery texts and rising representations of “free exertions” in mid-nineteenth-century America.  Husband indicates how the pictures of households cut up aside through slavery, circulated basically through girls leaders, proved to be the main robust weapon within the antislavery cultural crusade and eventually became the country opposed to slavery.  She additionally unearths the ways that the sentimental narratives and icons that constituted the “family safety crusade” powerfully prompted american citizens’ experience of the position of presidency, gender, and race in industrializing the US. Chapters learn the writings of ardent abolitionists resembling Frederick Douglass, non-activist sympathizers, and people actively antagonistic to yet deeply immersed in antislavery activism together with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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What is the reason the proportion of crime is so much greater than in London? For a good while past, I have walked but little after 10 o’clock at night. I am afraid to . . [T]he penny papers, every now and then, frighten me out of my wits” (SL 147). Even while Child resisted the paranoid view of the city circulated in the penny papers, she nevertheless repeatedly returned to New York’s crime problems as a way of discussing the emerging class structure of this industrial city. Early in the Letters from New York series, she says, “The disagreeables of New-York, I deliberately mean to keep out of sight, when I write to you.

For Child, the Southern white woman had little recourse in the face of her husband’s infidelities. ” In Child’s political imagination, Southern women of all races were especially disempowered because of their extreme isolation. She describes one such Southern white woman as having been “nurtured in seclusion, almost as deep as that of the oriental harem” (“Slavery’s Pleasant Homes” 238). Child believed there was a fundamental difference between the position of the family in Northern and Southern society.

Com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 moment, one tone like a mother’s voice might have wholly changed his earthly destiny. ” (84). 1). Her confidence in her ability to read the past and future of a person based on a momentary meeting is a part of her growing understanding of poverty as a systemic, rather than personal, failure. The ragged newspaper boy, the matchbox girl, the drunken woman picked up by the constables all were determined by their social position.

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