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Slavery on TrialLaw, Abolitionism, and Print Culture$
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Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830864

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887738_delombard

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Talking Lawyerlike about Law

Talking Lawyerlike about Law

Black Advocacy and My Bondage and My Freedom

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Slavery on Trial

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter narrates the experiences of John Mercer Langston and Robert Morris on the opposition to antebellum displays of black civic agency. It then discusses Frederick Douglass's oratory of the 1840s and the 1850s, in particular, My Bondage and My Freedom, in which he presented the substance of a new black advocacy story of his transformation from a slave witness to a free black abolitionist facing the bar of public opinion. Douglass became his race's own representative and advocate, talking lawyerlike about law in an effort to join abolitionists in demanding the emancipation of slaves and full citizenship for African Americans.

Keywords:   John Mercer Langston, Robert Morris, antebellum, civic agency, My Bondage, abolitionist, public opinion, emancipation, citizenship

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