Dismantling Slavery: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Formation of the Abolitionist Discourse, 1841-1851 (Hardback)
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Dismantling Slavery: Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Formation of the Abolitionist Discourse, 1841-1851 (Hardback)

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In 1841, William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass formed a partnership that would last a decade and forever change the abolitionist movement. Throughout the stages of their extraordinary alliance, anti-slavery mobilization was accelerated, reaching its height between 1841 and 1851. Centering their arguments on emancipation, women's equality, and suffrage, the two men worked tirelessly to publicize and recruit for their cause. Their work initiated a new discourse of social reform and critique, positioning the abolition of slavery at the center of progressive social concerns throughout the first half of the nineteenth century

Dismantling Slavery is the first book to address these two giants of abolition-Douglass and Garrison-simultaneously. While underscoring the evolution of abolitionist discourse, Dismantling Slavery unveils the true nature of the friendship between Douglass and Garrison, a key ingredient often overlooked by scholars. Drawing on the writings, speeches, and experiences that shaped the two as abolitionists, Nilgun Anadolu-Okur's groundbreaking study is one account of the ways in which abolitionist discourse was shaped and put to the purposes of moral and democratic reforms. In addition to turning a close eye on the relationship between Douglass and Garrison, Anadolu-Okur also details significant developments that occurred in tandem among other abolitionists and activists of the era, making for a compelling account of this pivotal decade in American history, up until the dissolution of Garrison and Douglass's partnership.

Dismantling Slavery represents a significant interdisciplinary contribution to the study of abolitionist discourse and will appeal to a wide range of nineteenth-century scholars.

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781621902362
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Antebellum discourse--and especially political speech--is given short shrift in African American studies. So Dismantling Slavery is a welcome addition. The clear
and engaging style of this book is suited to both academics and non-academics alike, and the author's effort to weave literary, political, and social history into one story is
admirable. Douglass and Garrison's correspondence provides a narrative continuity that would be hard to find otherwise.
--Mark Garrett Longaker, author of Rhetoric and the Republic: Politics, Civic Discourse, and Education in Early America
Dismantling Slavery brings a new approach to bear on the intersecting discourses of not just Garrison and Douglass, but others in the conversational circle of abolitionist speech during the crucial decade between 1841 and 1851. This period was vital in establishing a uniquely American literature, and the potent, recombinant nature of Douglass and Garrison's ideas in reaction with each other affected the web of interconnections between their contemporaries and their works."
--Josephine A. McQuail, professor of English, Tennessee Technological University

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