Essay Analysis Of Henry ' Box ' Brown 's Abolitionist Performances

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Out of the Box: Analysis of Henry “Box” Brown’s Abolitionist Performances One of the most deplorable acts ever committed by mankind throughout the course of history was the buying and selling of human beings as pieces of property. A man by the name of Henry Brown was born into this system and although he was able to enjoy some level of comfort in his servitude, he still felt the longing to be free. The desire grew throughout his years in slavery until it finally cumulated in the act of securing a three-foot-by-two-foot box, sealing himself within, and shipping himself from Virginia to Philadelphia – a journey that took twenty-seven hours in total and earned him the title of Henry “Box” Brown. Upon achieving freedom, Brown sought to speak out against slavery using a variety of tactics including slave narratives, moving panoramas, and performance pieces. Based on research regarding the style and nature of the mediums of these abolitionist messages it is believed that Brown’s overarching purpose in the pieces was to hold a mirror up to the ugliness that America failed to see in slavery. Henry “Box” Brown’s tale of escape is an incredible story; it is not any wonder that Brown would want to seek to illustrate his experiences to the public. One way to get the word out was through the 1849 Narrative of Henry Box Brown, Who Escaped from Slavery Enclosed in a Box 3 Feet Long and 2 Feet Wide. Written From a Statement of Fact Made by Himself. With Remarks Upon the Remedy for…

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