"A leading British actress, Fanny Kemble married a wealthy Philadelphian during her American tour in 1834. She abandoned the stage and settled into married life, initially unaware of her husband's 'dreadful possessions,' some 700 slaves on his coastal Georgia plantations. Her Journal covers a period of almost four months, recording grief and outrage at the depredations of slavery. . . . The University of Georgia Press has restored a rightful classic to print.”--Atlanta Magazine
"A classic study of life and the living conditions of both owners and slaves."--Florida Historical Quarterly
"Long recognized as unique in the literature of American slavery and of life in the antebellum South."--Virginia Quarterly Review
Frances Anne Kemble's journal, written during a brief residence on a Georgian plantation, records her encounters with her husband's slaves and attempts to expose the moral injustice of slavery. First published in 1863, Kemble's journal remains a lasting and important critique of slavery in the nineteenth-century American south.
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