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With Thackeray in America

With Thackeray in America

(p.11) 1 With Thackeray in America
Slaves Waiting for Sale
Maurie D. McInnis
University of Chicago Press

This chapter details young artist Eyre Crowe’s visit to America from late 1852 to 1853, where he accompanied celebrated author and satirist William Makepeace Thackeray on what was to be a six-month speaking tour of the United States. While Thackeray was won over by Southern slave owners and was skeptical of the claims of abolitionists, Crowe formed quite a different opinion about slavery. He made a series of sketches that formed the basis for his later widely published antislavery images and essays, and a series of paintings for exhibition.

Keywords:   eyre crowe, william makepeace thackeray, abolition, american slavery

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