Inhumanity and the Slave Family: The Rhetorical Strategies of Harriet Beecher Stowe and William Wells Brown

Every choice a person makes, every action a person performs, every thought that crosses a person’s mind is influenced by emotion. The strength and intensity of feelings in the decision-making process makes emotional manipulation a powerful tool for persuasive writers. In an attempt to promote abolitionist ideals and convince readers that slavery is unjust and … Read moreInhumanity and the Slave Family: The Rhetorical Strategies of Harriet Beecher Stowe and William Wells Brown

Depictions of Slavery in 19th-Century American Literature

From the earliest days of Colonial America, to the end of the Civil War, slavery was an established practice. This brutal, amoral, and dehumanizing system prompted nineteenth-century American writers, black and white alike, to advocate for its end and, once abolished, to address its lingering after-effects. The initial intent of anti-slavery literature was to stir … Read moreDepictions of Slavery in 19th-Century American Literature