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Martineau, Harriet: Demerara, v1 19 July 2016

Harriet Martineau was born in 1802, the sixth of eight children, to a Unitarian family of Huguenot background. Despite being deaf for most of her life she was a prolific author and traveller, abolitionist, feminist, sociologist, and political commentator, and one of the first woman journalists. Her clear and simple style and her ability to explain complicated issues and to present her ideas in the form of stories gave her a wide readership and made her famous and wealthy; her first major series outsold Charles Dickens' books.

She was incapacitated by illness from 1839-44, became very ill again in 1855 and wrote her Autobiography - though it was not published until her death in 1876.

In the early 1830s she published Illustrations of Political Economy, which made her rich and famous. Demerara was included in the second of nine volumes, is rather didactic, is set in the British West Indies, and tells of negro slaves and their white masters and the effects slavery has on each.

In 1834 she made a two year visit to the United States, and in Retrospect of Western Travel recorded that a plantation owner she met had read Demerara and knew of her opinions of slavery.

The source text was taken from the Online Library of Freedom site, and checked against the Google Play Books version. I have corrected many typos, and made changes to spelling, punctuation, and hyphenation using oxforddictionaries.com.
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