Abstract

The Revolutionary generation regularly invoked the example of Cato the Younger and his fierce resistance to the death to the tyranny of Julius Caesar, whom they compared to King George III in their own passionate resistance to the “slavery” of the British monarchy. Abolitionists appropriated Roman allusions in order to expose the hypocrisy of the revolutionary rhetoric of liberty in the face of the institution of slavery and to make clear the vast difference between chattel slavery and slavery as a metaphor for political bondage.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 525-535
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-18
Open Access
No
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