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Fanny Kembles Civil Wars Catherine Clinton|Clinton, Catherine 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0195148150
ISBN-13: 9780195148152
Sku: 30771812
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  NA
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In 1880, Frances Anne Kemble was born, into the most celebrated theatrical family in Europe. (from the first line)
Now available in paperback is the story of Fanny Kemble, whose passionate writings against human bondage made her a heroine of the Union cause. 54 halftones & line illustrations.
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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 Kemble's 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 Kemble's matinees that professors threatened to cancel classes. Catherine Clinton's insightful biography chronicles these early portraits of Fanny's 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 Kemble's Civil Wars, Catherine Clinton reveals how one woman's life reflected in microcosm the public battles--over slavery, the role of women, and sectionalism--that fueled our nation's greatest conflict and have permanently marked our history.
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This biography of the English actress and abolitionist Fanny Kemble chronicles her colorful life and her dedication to the cause to end slavery in America. Famous in her time as an actress, she left the stage to marry a Georgia plantation owner--and soon became horrified by the slave system. Kemble championed the abolitionist cause, and eventually moved back to England, where her journals of her plantation experiences became popular and influential.

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"[a] gripping biography that reads like a novel and is surprisingly brief." - Amy Timberlake September/October 2000
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Oxford University Press
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