Frederick Douglass In Ireland: The Black O'Connell

Frederick Douglass In Ireland: The Black O'Connell

Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Black O'Connell

Frederick Douglass arrived in Ireland in the summer of 1845, the start of a two-year lecture tour of Britain and Ireland to champion freedom from slavery. He was advised to leave America after the publication of his incendiary attack on slavery. Douglass's eloquent denunciations of slavery also caused controversy with graphic descriptions of slaves being tortured. He 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. ""In Fenton's scholarly but immensely readable new book, Douglas' travels in Ireland are reproduced with a novelistic eye for the telling detail.""--Irish Voice, July 1, 2014

Review
'Fenton's style is informative and refreshingly unfussy.' The Irish Times 'Compelling.' Ireland's Own --Ireland's Own

In Fenton's scholarly but immensely readable new book, Douglas' travels in Ireland are reproduced with...

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