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Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World$
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Fionnghuala Sweeney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310782

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313141

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Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World

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Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World
Liverpool University Press

Frederick Douglass was the most prolific African American writer of the nineteenth century. After his escape from slavery in 1838, he entered on a public career that would cross the century and three continents. Transnational encounters were central to Douglass's project of American self-fashioning, and it is his association with the world beyond the United States that is the focus of this book. His career presented a tactical synthesis of national and transnational concerns, including slavery, citizenship, manhood, and broader debates addressing the link of the individual with the nation state. This book specifically deals with Douglass's writing as it relates to premodern and non-western groups on the suburb of Ireland, Haiti, and Egypt, as well as his literary interactions with Garrisonian abolitionism and the British social elite. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, slavery, citizenship, manhood, Ireland, Haiti, Egypt, Garrisonian abolitionism, British social elite

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