Chapter 14: anti-slavery poems and second marriage
It is difficult now to realize what an event in Longfellow
's life was the fact of his writing a series of anti-slavery poems on board ship and publishing them in a thin pamphlet on his return.
Parties on the subject were already strongly drawn; the anti-slavery party being itself divided into subdivisions which criticised each other sharply.
's temperament was thoroughly gentle and shunned extremes, so that the little thin yellow-covered volume came upon the community with something like a shock.
As a matter of fact, various influences had led him up to it. His father had been a subscriber to Benjamin Lundy
's ‘Genius of Universal Emancipation,’ the precursor of Garrison
In his youth at Brunswick
had thought of writing a drama on the subject of ‘Toussaint
l'ouverture,’ his reason for it being thus given, ‘that thus I may do something in my humble way for the great cause of negro emancipation.’
, who could by no means be