Blue sky and grey fog: Transatlantic ecologies of emancipation in antebellum African American writing

Fionnghuala Sweeney

Newcastle University

Fionnghuala Sweeney is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Newcastle University. Her research concentrates on American, African American and Caribbean literature and visual culture, literary connections between Ireland and the Black Atlantic, and Afromodernism. She has published widely in these areas and is author of Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World (2008).


Upon arriving in Belfast in 1846, Frederick Douglass wrote to William Lloyd Garrison that “Instead of the bright blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! the chattel... [ view full abstract ]


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