Slavery, Male Violence Against Women and Revolution in Robert Wedderburn's The Axe Laid to the Root (1817)

Gardner, John (2021) Slavery, Male Violence Against Women and Revolution in Robert Wedderburn's The Axe Laid to the Root (1817). In: Revolutions in Print: Rebellion, Reform and the Press (Special Issue Zine). Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

This Zine article in Revolutions in Print examines Robert Wedderburn's six issues of The Axe Laid to the Root, or a Fatal Blow to Oppressors, which was published by the author in London in 1817. In these rare pamphlets, he writes against slavery, male violence toward women, and advocates for governments to contain equal numbers of men and women. Many writers have written against slavery; even more sponsor revolutionary politics. However, there are two areas Robert (I use the first name to distinguish from his slaver-rapist father) writes on that are ground-breaking: male rage against women; and publishing in Jamaican Creole. An early champion of this in print, Robert Wedderburn predates more popular examples by a century in his incendiary Axe Laid to the Root.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Made available with the kind permission of Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group
Keywords: Male Violence, Slavery, Jamaican Creole, Poetry, Flash Non-Fiction, Pamphlets, Robert Wedderburn, Radicalism, Womens' Rights
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 13:31
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 11:54
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707164

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