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Stowe’s sunny memories of Highland slavery

Sunny Memories was written after Harriet Beecher Stowe had been made aware of the charges against the Sutherlands. The Duchess of Sutherland had entertained Stowe lavishly on her visit to Britain, presenting her with a gold bangle in the shape of a slave's shackle. Having written off the Highlanders as barbaric remnants of a past age Duchess sketches the future in an account of a visit to cottages at Dryburgh. Letter XVII is entirely devoted to a defence of the Duchess, with Stowe extolling the 'improvements' in the estate, detailing the mileage of new roads, the number of banks, and even describing the complete conversion of the inhabitants to temperance. John Prebble described Stowe as ignorant of the facts of both the Clearances and slavery, and dismissed Uncle Tom's Cabin as wholly inaccurate.

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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936


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