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1826 The Black Man's Lament; or, How to Make Sugar

Two years after the publication of The Negro Boy's Tale, Opie published her second anti-slavery poem for children with Harvey and Darton, The Black Man's Lament. Designed from its inception for the juvenile market, this volume was heavily illustrated and combined a didactic guide to the operation of a sugar plantation with a plea for the abolition of slavery. Because the plates were hand-coloured, the quality of individual copies varies considerably, but those I have seen show more refinement than the Garland facsimile would suggest, where the quality of the reproduction obscures nearly all facial expression.

Editions

The Black Man's Lament; or How to Make Sugar. London: Harvey and Darton, 1826.

Modern Editions

The Black Man's Lament; or How to Make Sugar. 1826. With an introduction by
            Donald H. Reiman. New York: Garland Pub., 1978.
       

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.

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

 

   
 
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