Domestic Abolitionism and Juvenile Literature, 1830-1865
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title page, Copyright
First and foremost, I want to thank Joy Kasson for her guidance during the course of this project and for her thoughtful comments. I am grateful to Trudier Harris, who even during her long absence, remained a constant inspiration to my scholarship and my teaching. Many thanks to Philip Gura whose insight especially helped shape an amorphous chapter on biography and...
This study analyzes the convergence of discourses about women, children, and slavery in juvenile literature between 1830 and 1860. Historical research suggests that nineteenth-century men and women lived under implicit and explicit codes about separate spheres, saw the emergence of the cult of childhood, and faced the dilemma of slavery. However, neither literary critics...
1. “Some twelve or fifteen others . . . the committee would recommend for publication”: Domestic Abolitionists and Their Publishers
In 1833, Lydia Maria Child received such harsh condemnation for An Appeal in Favor of That Class of American Called Africans that “[she] not only suffered financial ruin and social ostracism, but was also forced to end her Juvenile Miscellany” (Roberts 354; see also Bardes and Gossett 41). In 1850, Sarah Jane Clarke Lippincott (alias, Grace Greenwood) lost her job as editorial associate at...
2. “Now, Caesar, say no more today; Your story makes me cry”: Sentimentalized Victims and Abolitionist Tears
In her July 14, 1835, letter to the Lowell Female Anti-Slavery Society, Melissa Ammidon, of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, exposes abolitionist women’s attempt to elicit from children a private, sentimental response to a national problem. Ammidon informs female antislavery societies (FASS) from New York to Ohio of a commonplace, personal item imbued with...
3. Seditious Histories: The Abolitionist Mother-Historian
In March 1845, Godey’s Lady’s Book published “Maternal Instruction” (Figure 3), an engraving that encapsulated the nineteenth century’s conviction in a mother’s responsibility for her children’s education. Patricia Okker suggests that this engraving limits the woman to the maternal role and to a small, domestic space, but it also...
4. “We boys [and girls] had better see what we can do, for it is too wicked”: The Juvenile Abolitionists
What can I do to end slavery? represents a fundamental question that abolitionists repeatedly asked themselves and Americans. Women did not hesitate to pose this question in female antislavery societies and then in print,1 and some women encouraged children to ask the same question. Interestingly, by...
Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 5 figures
Publication Year: 2003
OCLC Number: 56408572
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