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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: August 2020

1 - A Rhetorical Continuum? How Representations of Antebellum Slavery Endure in Post-War Culture


This chapter argues that there was a rhetorical continuum between ante and post-bellum descriptions of slavery in US popular culture as the legacies and memories of ‘old slavery days’ and abolitionism were the most significant points of comparison used by authors trying to delimit and understand mutable post-bellum slavery.

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