Frederick Douglass and his Trip to Britain, 1845-1847: with special reference to Liverpool

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 22nd September 2016 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 4 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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  • Suitable for: Anyone with an interest in the seminar topic.
  • Admission: Free of charge.
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The speaker is Dr Mark Christian (City University of New York).

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) provides a powerful example of the human spirit in terms of his endurance to withstand a manifold array of life obstacles. This paper is concerned with his trip to Britain in 1845 as an escaped fugitive from enslavement. There is the notion of migration, abolitionist friends, the women, and his encounter with freedom in Britain.

There is also the conundrum of Liverpool's deeply rooted connection to the Slave Trade in regard to Frederick's experience of wide acceptance as an African American in Britain during his trip in 1845-1847. Juxtaposed by the author's own migration to the US some 147 years later, this paper is both historical and contemporary in Black Atlantic themes.