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Graph Showing Riddell's prominent use of the word law in his 1919 article "The Slave in Upper Canada"

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Graph Showing Riddell's prominent use of the word law in his 1919 article "The Slave in Upper Canada"

Description

This graph shows the use of the word law 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.” 

In keeping with the change in writing style from the Romantic style of the 19th century to the Realist style of the 20th century, Riddell excluded himself from the narrative and his tone became less flowery and expressive, and was replaced by a more reserved and empirical tone. Riddell focused on facts and evidence. The words he used most often included law, court, justice, act and case, as well as statute, governor, journal and council. And while Carnochan and Ross, who are mentioned earlier in the exhibit, also used these words, Carnochan used them less often, and Ross used them to refer to religious themes, such as God’s law or the law of wickedness and righteousness.

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

2012

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