American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation


antislaverywritings-e1380623723873For the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, here is a collection of writings that charts our nation’s long, heroic confrontation with its most poisonous evil. It’s an inspiring moral and political struggle whose evolution parallels the story of America itself. To advance their cause, the opponents of slavery employed every available literary form: fiction and poetry, essay and autobiography, sermons, pamphlets, speeches, hymns, plays, even children’s literature. This is the first anthology to take the full measure of a body of writing that spans nearly two centuries and, exceptionally for its time, embraced writers black and white, male and female. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Phillis Wheatley, and Olaudah Equiano offer original, even revolutionary, eighteenth century responses to slavery. With the nineteenth century, an already diverse movement becomes even more varied: the impassioned rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison joins the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and William Wells Brown; memoirs of former slaves stand alongside protest poems by John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Lydia Sigourney; anonymous editorials complement speeches by statesmen such as Charles Sumner and Abraham Lincoln.

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The Adventures of Roderick Random (The Works of Tobias Smollett)


adventuresofroderickThis is the definitive scholarly edition of Tobias Smollett’s first novel, widely regarded as one of his two masterpieces, the other being The Expedition of Humphry Clinker. Roderick Random was also, in its time, the chief rival to Henry Fielding’s comic novel Tom Jones.

Surging with verbal, sexual, and martial energy, The Adventures of Roderick Random opens a window on life, love, and war in the eighteenth century. The hero battles his way from poverty and neglect to make his mark as a doctor, writer, fighter, and lover. His adventures take us across the world, from England and France to the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. One of the first truly global novels, it casts light on nearly every aspect of its time—imperialism, gender relations, slavery, urban life, colonial warfare, commerce, politics, the professions, high society, and the Hogarthian underworld.

Complete with illustrations and comprehensive annotations, this is the first edition to include Smollett’s long-forgotten antiwar pamphlet, An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene in the West Indies, which was drawn from his own war experience and on which key sections of the novel are based. The editors also provide a detailed biographical and historical introduction, based on the most recent scholarship, mapping the novel’s enormous impact in its own time and its influence on the history of litera­ture over the centuries since.
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Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings 1760-1820


earlyamericanabolitionists-e1380627951214This compilation reprints fifteen anti-slavery texts that, almost without exception, have been out of print for nearly two centuries. The pamphlets, poems, letters, and other documents by anti-slavery writers-men and women, black and white-demonstrate that abolitionists were active in the early years of the American republic. The book’s texts are reprinted with short introductions written by 12 Gilder Lehrman history scholars.Read More    Available to order at


Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery 1660 – 1810.


amazinggracecover-e1380623982425Bringing together more than 400 poems and poetic excerpts on slavery by writers both famous and unknown, this landmark anthology charts the emergence of slavery in the collective consciousness of the English-speaking world.

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The Critical Review or Annals of Literature



The Critical Review covered the controversial political and military events of the Seven Years’ War and inspired over 100 attacks accusing it of Jacobite, Tory and treasonous sympathies. The journal was edited for its first seven years by Tobias Smollett and reflected the slashing, combative style and intellectual range of its editor. The Critical Review reflects the political, scientific and literary debate of the times. Read More

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Tradition In Transition


traditionintransition150 These eighteen essays represent a new generation of eighteenth-century scholarship. Writing in honor of Professor Roger Lonsdale of the University of Oxford, the contributors–including Marilyn Butler, David Fairer, Christine Gerrard, Nicholas Hudson, Richard Wendorf, and April London–focus on the three main areas of scholarship to which Lonsdale has made signal contributions: women writers, marginalized authors and texts, and the shape of the eighteenth-century canon of English Literature. Read More Available to order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Tobias Smollett, Critic and Journalist.


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