Focus Statement

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Why were different shades of color used by American abolitionists to connect with, and illicit responses from, their readers? I will be using American abolitionist publications, in the form of newspapers, narratives, and images, to study “whiteness” and miscegenation in the antislavery movement. I hope to add to the ongoing discussion of antislavery strategies in the mobilization of female abolitionists and interracial organization in the fight for freedom.