I WAS TRANSFORMED: Frederick Douglass An American SlaveLAURENCE FENTON Book Number: 86769 Product format: Hardback
Tall and strong and most importantly black, Frederick Douglass, the 27 year old runaway slave who had recently been catapulted to fame by the publication of his incendiary autobiography stood out among the crowd of passengers pressed against the railings of the Cambria sailing from Boston to Liverpool in August 1845. There had been furore over his book 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave' and a large number of supporters gathered to see him off. The arrival in Liverpool was the start of a near two year tour of Britain and Ireland and one of the most transformative periods of his life. Laurence Fenton draws on sources from both sides of the Atlantic to provide a rich profile of the enormous personalities at the heart of the Transatlantic anti-slavery movement. It is a vivid portrait of life in Victorian Britain and the first to fully explore the 'liberating sojourn' that ended with Douglass gaining his freedom, paid for by British supporters, before returning to America as a celebrity. It also follows his later life through the American Civil War and afterwards. Douglass spoke on a variety of reform causes - women's rights, temperance, peace, land reform, free public education and the abolition of capital punishment. In April 1876 he would deliver the key note speech at the unveiling of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington's Lincoln Park. 288pp, 16 pages of archive photos.
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