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Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Abstract

America's legal consciousness was high during the era that saw the imprisonment of abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, the execution of slave revolutionary Nat Turner, and the hangings of John Brown and his Harpers Ferry co-conspirators. The author of this book examines how debates over slavery in the three decades before the Civil War employed legal language to “try” the case for slavery in the court of public opinion via popular print media. Discussing autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, a scandal narrative about Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist speech by Henry David Thoreau, sent ... More

Keywords: slavery, legal language, public opinion, print media, law, print culture, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830864
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887738_delombard

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeannine Marie DeLombard, author