Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American by J. Husband

By J. Husband

Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the connection among antislavery texts and rising representations of “free exertions” in mid-nineteenth-century America.  Husband indicates how the pictures of households cut up aside via slavery, circulated basically via ladies leaders, proved to be the main robust weapon within the antislavery cultural crusade and eventually grew to become the state opposed to slavery.  She additionally finds the ways that the sentimental narratives and icons that constituted the “family safeguard crusade” powerfully motivated americans’ experience of the position of presidency, gender, and race in industrializing the USA. Chapters learn the writings of ardent abolitionists reminiscent of Frederick Douglass, non-activist sympathizers, and people actively opposed to yet deeply immersed in antislavery activism together with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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The social field developed late in the nineteenth century and comprised an assortment of government agencies as well as more loosely aggregated “experts” who increasingly regulated what traditionally was understood to be a family’s affairs. Child’s reflections on the emerging Northern economy constitute an early rationale for the growing social field. 6 The Inadequacy of the Separate-Spheres Model Child’s conceptualization of the “mothering state” has its roots in her antislavery fiction, which popularized the figure of the Southern tragic mulatta—a figure that bears a surprising relation to Child’s street urchin.

5 Acutely aware of these antisocial tendencies, Child anticipated many later reformers by imagining a “mothering state” as a solution. ” The social field developed late in the nineteenth century and comprised an assortment of government agencies as well as more loosely aggregated “experts” who increasingly regulated what traditionally was understood to be a family’s affairs. Child’s reflections on the emerging Northern economy constitute an early rationale for the growing social field. 6 The Inadequacy of the Separate-Spheres Model Child’s conceptualization of the “mothering state” has its roots in her antislavery fiction, which popularized the figure of the Southern tragic mulatta—a figure that bears a surprising relation to Child’s street urchin.

They quarantined those already suffering from social isolation. Regarding the children at Long Island Farm, Child noted, “The drawbacks are such as inevitably belong to their situation, as children of the public. The oppressive feeling is, that there are no mothers there. Every thing [sic] moves by machinery, as it always must with masses of children, never subdivided into families” (197). Viewing the economy as a machine, she imagined the state in a similar fashion sundering the social bonds that might provide the basis for self-esteem and social control.

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