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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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Friends and Allies: The Economics of the Text

Friends and Allies: The Economics of the Text

(p.37) Chapter 2 Friends and Allies: The Economics of the Text
Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the republished edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself by Richard D. Webb and Maria Weston Chapman in Dublin. The success of Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland raised fears that his political position had begun to shift. The Narrative became the cause of some friction between Douglass and Chapman, and significantly increased the scope and effect of the slave narrative in economic, gender, and class terms. Douglass availed himself of the social opportunities offered by his close links with abolitionist women, who acted as mediators in upper-class social circles, although this mutual assistance was slightly determined by the gendered rhetoric of the Ladies' Associations.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, Richard D. Webb, Maria Weston Chapman, Dublin, Britain, Ireland, slave narrative, Ladies' Associations

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