By William Noy Wilkins Mrs, Anon, Gordon Wilkins Kerr, Lise Winer, Bridget Brereton, Rhonda Cobham, Mary Rimmer, Karen Sanchez-Eppler
A dramatic nineteenth-century story, initially released within the newspapers of the day, Adolphus lines the adventures of a mulatto son of a black slave lady raped through a white guy.
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For the British Empire as for the United States, she insists, political emancipation is worthless unless accompanied by social emancipation. qxd 6/17/2003 1:15 PM Page lii Introduction One means towards that emancipation is the appropriation of the literary and cultural past of the oppressor. Especially for mixed-race characters who have no secure place in their society, an education in Europe, or in European literature and culture, can be a potent source of symbolic power. True, that power is clearly linked to the oppressive past which defines their social disadvantage, but it can be possessed more easily than material forms of power such as land, money or political position.
In Adolphus, it is specifically fathers who are demonic: there are hardly any good fathers in the novel except for the aged Mr Romelia, the heroine Antonia’s father. qxd 6/17/2003 1:15 PM Page liv Introduction sions of the villain DeGuerinon. Adolphus’s experience of parental love is much bleaker: his grandmother, Agilai, is raped by her master, who has just sold her husband; she dies after bearing a child, Rosa. ” (p. 16). Rosa’s new master has bought her solely to be his mistress; after he rapes and otherwise abuses her, she runs away, dying in her turn shortly after giving birth to Adolphus, who is thus fathered and grandfathered by acts of violence.
Touring Britain provided Douglass with protection from the threat of recapture. An enormous success on the British circuit, Douglass was able by 1847 to return to the States with his freedom purchased by British friends and with enough money to launch his own newspaper, the North Star. While in England he was befriended by Julia Griffith and her sister Eliza Griffith. In a piece titled “Colorphobia in New York” that he published in the North Star in May of 1849, Douglass described how the sisters “allowed themselves to take his arm, and to walk many times up and down Broadway .