• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Stop wasting time looking for files and revisions. Connect your Gmail, DriveDropbox, and Slack accounts and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio will automatically organize all your file attachments. Learn more and claim your free account.


Attitudes toward Slavery

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 6 months ago


Stedman’s attitude toward slavery has been the subject of scholarly debate for decades.  By almost all accounts he loved slaves themselves and his Narrative treats them with an implicit dignity often unseen in his place and time.  His relationship with Joanna is seen as evidence of this, a relationship “of romantic love rather than filial servitude”[1]  However, others are quick to point out that while modern readers might understand its worth to the abolitionist, Narrative is an ethnocentric text which defends slavery.[2]  Stedman’s sympathy for the suffering slaves, expressed throughout the book, is obfuscated by his attitude toward slavery itself, which was “complicated, its representation strongly affected by the revisions.”[3]  These critics argue that his criticism was toned town, his advocacy for slaves’ rights made more explicit.

[1] Thomas, Helen. 132.

[2] Gluasser, Wayne.  77.

[3] Sollors, Werner.  202.

Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.