5. Telling a Free Story: Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in Myth and Reality

by David W. Blight

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Spring 2008

Professor Blight discusses the rise of abolitionism. Blight begins with an introduction to the genre of slave narratives, with particular attention to Frederick Douglass’ 1845 narrative. The lecture then moves on to discuss the culture in which antebellum reform grew–the factors that encouraged its growth, as well as those that retarded it. Professor Blight then describes the movement towards radical abolitionism, stopping briefly on colonization and gradualism before introducing the character and ideology of William Lloyd Garrison.

 

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Creator:

David W. Blight

Linked to:

Yale University

Year:

2008

Language:

English

Tagged:

Abolition, Cotton, Enslavement, US