Frances Trollope: The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi

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The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw is arguably the most important novel that Frances Trollope wrote, yet it has not been in print since 1857, nor is it available anywhere online. Literary and history enthusiasts alike need to know about this novel and create a market for its reprint.

Richard Hildreth's The Slave: or Memoirs of Archy Moore is often attributed as the first anti-slavery book to have been written. However, the true tribute should go to Aphra Behn for her Ooronoko (1688) in which Behn depicted blacks not only as human beings rather than animals, but as people of dignity, intelligence, and emotions. Notwithstanding the importance of her novel, one had yet to be written that c…

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Ayres, Brenda. "The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2006
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