Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland, 1845-1895

Hannah-Rose Murray (Editor), John R. Kaufman-McKivigan (Editor)

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The first and only anthology dedicated to Douglass’s three journeys to Britain, covering oratory, print and visual culture.

• The only monograph and anthology to focus on Frederick Douglass’s relationship with Britain through unexplored oratory and print culture
• Provides a monograph-length introduction focusing on Douglass’ experiences in the British Isles, from his first visit in 1845, to 1859 and 1886 (the latter two visits have received scant attention from scholars in comparison to his first visit in 1845)
• Provides specialist and general audiences with political and cultural insights into Frederick Douglass’ transatlantic visits
• Presents speeches, letters and poetry in relation to Douglass’ visit (including his own testimony) that have never been published before
• Examines Douglass’ impact on British culture with a section on songs, images and poetry written in response to his lectures
• Radically updates Douglass’ speaking locations in Britain, which is printed alongside a visual map of these locations
• Provides several images new to scholarship (for instance, the ticket to one of Douglass’ lectures in Cambridgeshire)

This critical edition documents Frederick Douglass’s relationship with Britain through unexplored oratory and print culture. With an unprecedented and comprehensive 60,000-word introduction that places the speeches, letters, poetry and images printed here into context, the sources provide extraordinary insight into the myriad performative techniques Douglass used to win support for the causes of emancipation and human rights.

Editors examine how Douglass employed various media – letters, speeches, interviews and his autobiographies – to convince the transatlantic public not only that his works were worth reading and his voice worth hearing, but also that the fight against racism would continue after his death.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages414
ISBN (Electronic)9781474460422
ISBN (Print)9781474460415
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2021


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