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This powerful book is muck-raking journalism at its very best. An Englishwoman seeking to support her family and to work for the freedom of slaves in America, journeyed there with her sons' tutor, an artist, and together they observed first-hand what slavery was like, before Queen Victoria reigned. She describes a lynching - which continued to happen within our living memory. Frances Trollope writes like Jane Austen but with vinegar and compassion. Her book and Richard Hildreth's White Slave were then to be copied by Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Both Frances Trollope and Richard Hildreth are buried together in Florence's 'English' Cemetery to which Frederick Douglass came and where also, Nadezhda, who came to Florence at 14, a black slave from Nubia, is buried near the tomb of the American Hiram Powers whose sculptures the 'Greek Slave', 'America', and 'The Last of her Tribe' all spoke out against racial injustice.
Frances Trollope's novel creates characters out of Shakespeare and Fielding, like Juno and Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw, that are in fact more powerful than any character created by her more famous son, Anthony Trollope.