Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Incendiary Pictures

  • Authors
  • Julie Husband

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Julie Husband
      Pages 1-8
  3. Central Feminist Abolitionists and the Wage Labor System

  4. Adaptations of the Antislavery Family Protection Campaign

  5. The End of Antislavery Sentimentality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 129-160

About this book


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.


America American literature Amerikanische Literatur civil war discourse English literature glass John Stuart Mill literature performance politics reform reforms slavery women

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