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Fanny Kembles Civil Wars Catherine Clinton 0195148150 9780195148152 A British stage star turned Georgia plantation mistress, Fanny Kemble is perhaps best remembered as a critic of slavery--and an influential opponent of this insti
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Fanny Kembles Civil Wars by Catherine Clinton

A British stage star turned Georgia plantation mistress, Fanny Kemble is perhaps best remembered as a critic of slavery--and an influential opponent of this institution during the years leading up to the Civil War. By the mid-1830s, American society was firmly in the grip of Kembles celebrity as an actress--young ladies adopted Fanny Kemble curls, a tulip was named in her honor, and lecture attendance at Harvard fell so sharply on afternoons of Kembles matinees that professors threatened to cancel classes. Catherine Clintons insightful biography chronicles these early portraits of Fannys life and shows how her role in society changed drastically after her bitter and short-lived marriage to the heir of a Georgia plantation owner, whom she derisively called her lord and master. We witness the publication of Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation, in which Kemble hauntingly records the simple horror and misery she saw among the slaves. The raw power of her words made for an influential anti-slavery tract, which swayed European sentiment toward the Union cause. The book was embraced by Northern critics as a permanent and most valuable chapter in our history (Atlantic Monthly). In Fanny Kembles Civil Wars, Catherine Clinton reveals how one womans life reflected in microcosm the public battles--over slavery, the role of women, and sectionalism--that fueled our nations greatest conflict and have permanently marked our history.

Author: Catherine Clinton

Language: English

Edition: Oxford University Press pbk

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 304

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2001-12-20

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ISBN: 0195148150


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