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American Slaves in Victorian England: Abolitionist Politics in Popular Literature and Culture Hardcover – February 13, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521660266 ISBN-10: 0521660262 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521660262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521660266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,448,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"she has provided a fascinating insight into the British response to a brief, intense cultural phenomenon worked in the context of mid-nineteenthy-century England and America." Victorian Periodicals Reveiw

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Audrey Fisch's study examines the circulation within England of the people and ideas of the black Abolitionist campaign. By focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, an anonymous sequel to that novel, Uncle Tom in England, and John Brown's Slave Life in Georgia, and the lecture tours of free blacks and ex-slaves, Fisch follows the discourse of American abolitionism as it moved across the Atlantic and was re-shaped by domestic Victorian debates about popular culture and taste, the worker versus the slave, popular education, and working class self-improvement.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on May 4, 2008
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Dr. Audrey Fisch has written a well-researched and documented book on the issue of slavery and abolitionist movement in the 1800s. The book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe brought forth more support for the destruction of slavery. This book chronicles from old newspaper articles, letters, and documents regarding the British interest in this issue. Of course, Britain had it's own reason for watching America struggle with a new democracy. Was it possible that they were watching America collapse under it's new government away from the monarchy? Anything's possible. A great book exercises the mind to think more about issues especially this book. It is not an easy book to read. For the first part, there is a lot of footnotes and information. For a book that is only 100 pages, it takes a while to digest and comprehend the information. This book is not for summer reading or to sit on a beach. This book is for enlightening the mind whether you are American, British, or whatever. Freed American slaves would travel to England and lecture on the issue of slavery to crowds of people. Before the Civil War, America was slowly a country steeped in friction and discourse after the American Revolution. The impact of the Civil War is still felt in America. Slavery was a key issue but not the most important issue before Civil War.
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