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1824 The Negro Boy's Tale

First published among the poems included in the first edition of The Father and Daughter (1801), "The Negro Boy's Tale" was re-issued in volume form more than twenty years later as part of Harvey and Darton's catalogue of anti-slavery literature for children. Opie added a prefatory "Address to Children" giving a brief history of the abolition movement and exhorting her young readers "to endeavour to remove all the sufferings of your Black fellow-creatures, as well as of sufferers over the whole world." Two years later she published a second anti-slavery poem for children, The Black Man's Lament; or, How to Make Sugar, also with Harvey and Darton.

Editions

---. The Negro Boy's Tale, a Poem, Addressed to Children. London/Norwich:
            Harvey and Darton/S. Wilkin, 1824.

Criticism

Eberle, Roxanne. "'Tales of Truth?': Amelia Opie's Antislavery Poetics." In (pp. 71-98).

Linkin, Harriet Kramer and Behrendt, Stephen C. (eds.), Romanticism and
            Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception. Lexington, KY: UP of
            Kentucky, 1999.

Farraut, Ann. "Amelia Opie's Anti-Slavery Poems for Children." Children's
            Books History Society Newsletter 74 (2002): 12-6.

 

   
 
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