Frederick Douglass in Ireland
The stack of completed Gone to Amerikay pages is bigger than the stack of uncompleted pages. Huzzah!
Gone to Amerikay is written by Eisner-nominated author Derek McCulloch, and its story spans several generations of the lives of Irish immigrants. Hardest thing I ever drew in my life. Prouder of it than I can express. And very excited to near the end of this journey.
Tangentially related, this article on anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass and his 1845 tour of Ireland, Scotland and England, an experience which had a profound effect on his ideals and later abolitionist adventures.
Douglass in Ireland found new avenues for self-expression that he’d never been afforded in the United States. “I can truly say,” he wrote to Garrison, “I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life since landing in this country, I seem to have undergone a transformation, I live a new life.” Speaking before Irish audiences — and feeling un-shadowed by “slave-catchers” and others who would do him harm — Douglass basked in a new confidence. And he came to view his fight against slavery as belonging to a larger, global struggle against all social injustices.
Irish balladeer Ken O’Malley sings “O’ Ro’ Se’ Do Bheatha Bhaile”. Thanks to Ken for allowing me to rave about his music here!