Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Black O'Connell by Laurence Fenton

By Laurence Fenton

Frederick Douglass arrived in eire in the summertime of 1845, the beginning of a two-year lecture journey of england and eire to champion freedom from slavery. He was once prompt to depart the US after the ebook of his incendiary assault on slavery. Douglass's eloquent denunciations of slavery additionally prompted controversy with photograph descriptions of slaves being tortured. He shared a degree with Daniel O'Connell and took the pledge from the `apostle of temperance' Fr Mathew. Douglass overjoyed within the openness with which he used to be obtained, yet was once stunned on the poverty he encountered. This compelling account of the distinguished escaped slave's travel of eire combines a distinct perception into the adolescence of 1 of the good figures of nineteenth-century the US with a shiny portrait of a rustic near to famine.

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 7 v9_FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 17/01/2014 15:09 Pag MASTERS AND SLAVES although a slave, got involved in baltimore’s vibrant, expanding free black world. He joined clubs, forged friendships with other articulate young blacks and even got engaged to a free black woman, Anna Murray, a domestic servant five years his senior. 51 When an argument with Hugh Auld brought an end to Frederick’s partial freedom, the never-distant thoughts of escape rushed back to the fore.

An extra ‘s’ was added by mistake. Frederick douglass was born. 27 FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 7 v9_FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 17/01/2014 15:10 Pag 2 Abolitionists THe Fevered edGe to Frederick douglass’s last months in baltimore faded away as he settled into life in new bedford, a town with a well-established black population. He rented a small apartment, worked as a caulker and labourer and joined a local black church. He and Anna started a family. They also played the violin together – Anna teaching Frederick – and enjoyed dinners with new friends.

QUAKER HISTORICAL LIBRARY FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 7 v9_FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND 17/01/2014 15:10 Pag FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND new therapeutic techniques involving hypnotism. A few days later a local surgeon named Mathias would give a rival talk on the absurdities of phreno-mesmerism. public lectures of this kind were extremely popular in mid-nineteenth-century ireland, and not just with the upper and middle classes. 12 it is no surprise, therefore, that the young orator douglass was thrust quickly onto the stage.

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