The British Isles

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Frederick Douglass was perhaps the most successful African American abolitionist to traverse the Atlantic and tour the British Isles. In town halls, churches, taverns, and private parlor rooms across the country he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people, sparking a wave of transatlantic abolition that had a deep impact on the British landscape. While he only traveled to Britain and Ireland three times, the friendships and networks he created, together with his transformative experiences there, shaped, supported and sustained his public antislavery work in the United States for the rest of his life.

This chapter gives a broad overview of Frederick Douglass' experiences in the British Isles from 1845-1895.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrederick Douglass in Context
EditorsMichaël Roy
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781108778688, 9781108807470
ISBN (Print)9781108478731
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLiterature in Context


  • Frederick Douglass
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • mapping
  • performance
  • networks
  • oratory
  • Chartism
  • transatlantic


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