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 clearly articulated the evils of the slave trade. That was not done until 1836, the

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Citation: Ayres, Brenda. "The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16895, accessed 30 May 2024.]

16895 The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw; or Scenes on the Mississippi 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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