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Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Black O'Connell

Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Black O'Connell

Laurence Fenton

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A must have for anyone interested in 19th century world history and Irish history. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and great abolitionist, forged an unlikely friendship in Dublin with our great liberator, Daniel O’Connell.

Frederick Douglass arrived in Dublin in the summer of 1845, the start of a two-year lecture tour of Britain and Ireland, to champion freedom from slavery. He had been advised to leave America after the publication of his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, an incendiary attack on slavery, now a classic of American literature.

Douglass spent four transformative months in Ireland, filling halls with eloquent denunciations of slavery and causing controversy with graphic descriptions of slaves being tortured. He also shared a stage with Daniel O'Connell and took the pledge from the 'Apostle of Temperance' Fr Mathew. Douglass delighted in the openness with which he was received, but was shocked at the poverty he encountered.

This compelling account of the celebrated escaped slave's tour of Ireland combines a unique insight into the formative years of one of the great figures of nineteenth-century America with a vivid portrait of a country on the brink of famine.

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Author Laurence Fenton
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 7 Mar 2014
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848891968

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