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By David Grant

Appalled and paralyzed. deserted and betrayed. Cowed and bowed. therefore did Frederick Douglass describe the North within the wake of the compromise measures of 1850 that appeared to enshrine concessions to slavery completely into the yank political procedure. This learn discovers in a characteristic of political anti-slavery discourse—the condemnation of an enfeebled North—the key to a wide selection of literary works of the 1850s. either the political discourse and the literature got down to reveal the self-chosen degradation of compromise as a possibility without delay to the private origin of every person Northerner and to the survival of the folks as an actor in heritage. The publication fills a spot in literary feedback of the interval, which has basically thinking about abolitionist discourse while bearing on anti-slavery concept to the literature of the last decade. notwithstanding it owed a debt to the abolitionists, political anti-slavery discourse took at the extra centred challenge of delivering a problem to the folk. could the North undergo the model of self-control demanded via the Slave Power’s Northern minions, or would it not faucet the strength of the nation’s founding till it embodied defiance in its very structure? could the North stay a sort for the long run slave empire it may well no longer hinder, or wouldn't it prophesy nationwide freedom within the easy restoration of its personal employer? Literary works in either poetry and prose have been well matched to creating this political problem endure its complete weight at the nation—fleshing out the critique via narrative crises that introduced domestic the non-public stake every one Northerner held in what George Julian known as an exodus from the bondage of compromise. by means of the tip of 1860 this exodus were accomplished, and that accomplishment owed a lot to the big ten yr cultural undertaking to show the slavery-accommodating definition of nationality as a risk to the republican selfhood of every Northerner. Stowe, Whittier, Willis, and Whitman, between others, committed their literary works to this project.

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