rial one: both depend on persuasive speech's emancipating power. Madison's liberatory strategy reflects Douglass's rendition of the slave who counters his master's arguments about the peculiar institution and persuades his master to grant him his freedom in Douglass first formal primer, "The Columbian Orator." Each of the narratives and the novella he writes during what I call "Douglass's decade" seeks to convert whites through language that touches their core and compels them to work for abolition. Douglass offers affectional means of relation, voice, and sentiment as the medium for change.
Sentimental abolition is an important critical category because it names the models and mechanisms of domesticity that inform, but are not limited to, moral suasion. Domestic ideology's influence--which is not simply contained in the bodies and presences of women--provides the weft between sentiment and standing, between the fraternal and the feminized. Moreover, in antislavery writings that deal with the erotically charged representations of Black bodies engaged in transracial relations, affectional discourse acts as a catalyst for further sexualization, whether the object of desire be a man or a woman, whether the subject of desiring be a woman or a man.
At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I would like to thank the Center for African- American and African Studies (CAAS) for the fellowship that allowed me to research and write this paper. The University of Chicago's CAAS invited me to present an earlier draft, and I appreciate the helpful feedback I received. I would also like to thank Arthur Aubin Saint-Flannigan, Tyler Steben and especially Jacqueline Goldsby and Eric C. Williams for their useful suggestions at the final stages of this piece.