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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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Representing the Slave

Representing the Slave

White Advocacy and Black Testimony in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred

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Slavery on Trial

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins with an overview of Harriet Beecher Stowe's career and her fame as an advocate for enslaved African Africans. Stowe is one of most influential literary abolitionists, who wrote the best-selling Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) and Dred (1856). Focusing on her second anti-slavery novel, Dred, the chapter addresses the novel's treatment of what Stowe called “the legal relations of slavery.” Two themes are central to Dred: the rejection of colored testimony; and the predicament facing the abolitionist advocates.

Keywords:   Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dred, antislavery Dred, testimony, abolitionist advocates

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