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Ross Graph of the words God and My

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Title

Ross Graph of the words God and My

Description

These graphs compare the use of the words god and my in four publications written at different times.  They are:
1) Robert Charles Dallas's 1803 book History of the Maroons: from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierre Leone
2) Alexander Milton Ross's 1875 book Recollections and experiences of an abolitionist, from 1855 to 1865.
3) Janet Carnochan's 1897 article "A Slave Rescue in Niagara Sixty Years Ago.” 
4) W.R. Riddel's 1919 article “The Slave in Upper Canada.” 

Ross's use of the word my demonstrates a Romantic style of writing that is limited or even absent in publications from other style periods, such as Dallas's Enlightenment style book and Riddell's Realist style article, although it is seen in Carnochan's article. In a classic Romantic style he inserts himself into the narrative using the word my and me.  This use of the self in the narrative is also seen in the other publications but to a lesser extent.

Ross's 250-page book also uses Romantic-style flowery language, such as "most monstrous outrage" and "glared upon me with fierce and fiendish looks."

But Ross also adds to his Romantic style a religious tone that was common from 1850 to the early 1900s under the influence of the Third Great Awakening and the Social Gospel Movement.  In his text the word god ranks as his 35th most commonly used word, and its prominance is evident on the graph shown here.  He also frequently used the words glory, Christian, almighty, hallelujah and bible.  

Creator

Allison Smith

Source

Dallas, Robert Charles. History of the Maroons: from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierre Leone. Vol. 2. London: Longman and Rees, 1803. 

Ross, Alexander Milton. Recollections and experiences of an abolitionist, from 1855 to 1865. Toronto: Rowsell, 1875. 

Carnochan, Janet. “A Slave Rescue in Niagara Sixty Years Ago.” Niagara Historical Society 2 (1897).

Riddell, W.R. “The Slave in Upper Canada.” The Journal of Negro History 4, no. 4 (October 1919).

Date

2013

Contributor

Sinclair, Stéfan and Geoffrey Rockwell. Voyant Tools. ©2013 v.3.0 http://voyeurtools.org/ (accessed February 26, 2013).

Rights

No Copyright

Format

PNG

Language

English

Type

Still Image