English Abolitionist Literature of the Nineteenth Century Criticism: Prose - Essay

Audrey A. Fisch (essay date 2000)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fisch, Audrey A. “Abolition as a ‘step to reform in our kingdom’: Chartism, ‘white slaves,’ and a new ‘Uncle Tom’ in England.” In American Slaves in Victorian England: Abolitionist Politics in Popular Literature and Culture, pp. 33-51. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

[In the following essay, Fisch discusses themes in the anonymous 1852 novel Uncle Tom in England, asserting the work was published to illustrate England's moral superiority to the United States and to capitalize on the success of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.]

England, perhaps more than any other nation, owes a duty to America; and...

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Helen Thomas (essay date 2000)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Thomas, Helen. “Robert Wedderburn and Mulatto Discourse.” In Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies, pp. 255-71. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

[In the following excerpt, Thomas analyzes two nineteenth-century abolitionist texts written by ex-slave Robert Wedderburn, focusing especially on the impact and influence of his mulatto identity on the works.]

But there comes a time, as it came in my life, when a man is denied the right to live a normal life, when he can only live the life of an outlaw because the government has so decreed to use the law to impose a state of outlawry on him.1


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