Download PDF by Audrey A. Fisch: American Slaves in Victorian England: Abolitionist Politics

By Audrey A. Fisch

ISBN-10: 0521121655

ISBN-13: 9780521121651

Audrey Fisch's learn examines the movement inside England of the folk and ideas of the black Abolitionist crusade. through concentrating on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, an nameless sequel to that novel, Uncle Tom in England, and John Brown's Slave lifestyles in Georgia, and the lecture excursions of loose blacks and ex-slaves, Fisch follows the discourse of yank abolitionism because it moved around the Atlantic and was once reshaped through household Victorian debates approximately pop culture and flavor, the employee as opposed to the slave, renowned schooling, and dealing category self-improvement.

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Indeed, the female-authored novel succeeds in making men "excitable," subject to the tempers and irritations of the blood, infecting them, as it were, with the hysteria customarily associated with women. " Unpacked, The Times's loaded response reveals anxieties about the newly emerging Victorian "common reader" (to borrow Richard Altick's term), about the newly emerging literary marketplace, and about what changes these portend for both social and literary hierarchies. The Timesh review was not simply one among many opinions; a powerful cultural force in mid-Victorian England, The Times was capable of creating and setting the terms of critical debate for a cultural event.

ThesefightingChartists destroy our chances of success. They are, as a body, people defective of habits and opinions. (115) Should physical-force Chartism ever succeed by violent revolution in actually toppling the institutions of society and giving power to these masses of unelevated, unenlightened people, the result, the novel insists, would be disaster. It is worth noting that, even within the context of the fight against slavery, Dick Boreas's argument that oppression justifies violence would have been worrisome to middle-class Victorians.

Did Stowe's novel represent the "education" by indoctrination that Arnold identified: the attempt to use popular literature "to raise a new race of working people - respectful, cheerful, hard-working, loyal, pacific, and religious" (Johnson, "Educational Policy," 119)? 17 Within the context of anxiety about the expansion of the reading public and plans for the manipulation and "transformation" of the working classes through education, The Times's concerns about how Stowe's text operates to corrupt its readers become more clear.

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