English Abolitionist Literature of the Nineteenth Century Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Uncle Tom in England (fiction) 1852

William Blake
“The Little Black Boy” (poem) 1789
Visions of the Daughters of Albion (poem) 1793

Thomas Chatterton
African Eclogues (poetry) 1770
“Heccar and Gaira” (poem) 1770

Thomas Clarkson
An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species (nonfiction) 1786
The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament (nonfiction) 1808

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Greek Prize Ode on the Slave Trade” (poem) 1792
“On the Slave Trade” (essay) 1796

William Cowper
“The Negro's Complaint” (poem) 1778
“Pity for Poor Africans” (poem) 1788

Olaudah Equiano
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa Written by Himself (slave narrative) 1789

Leigh Hunt
“Descent of Liberty: A Mask” (poem) 1814

Walter Savage Landor
“To General Andrew Jackson, President of the United States” (poem) 1836

James Montgomery
“The West Indies” (poem) 1807

Hannah More
“Slavery: A Poem” (poem) 1788

John Newton
Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade (nonfiction) 1788

Mary Prince
The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave (slave narrative) 1831

Robert Southey
Poems Concerning the Slave Trade (poetry) 1794
“The Sailor, Who Had Served in the Slave Trade” (poem) 1798

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin (novel) 1852

Frances Trollope
The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw (travel journal) 1836

Priscilla Wakefield
Excursions in North America (children's fiction) 1806

Robert Wedderburn
The Axe Laid to the Root, or A Fatal Blow to Oppressors; Being an Address to the Planters and Negroes of the Island of Jamaica (essay) 1817
The Horrors of Slavery: Exemplified in the Life and History of the Revd. Robert Wedderburn (slave narrative) 1824

William Wilberforce
“Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade” (essay) 1807

William Wordsworth
“To Thomas Clarkson on the Final Passing of the Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade” (poem) 1807

Anne Yearsley
“Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade” (poem) 1788