Moby Dick in Service
In this chapter, Pellar explores why an 1852 schooner that was part of the Underground Railroad was named the Moby Dick. The evidence shows that certain written references to slavery and Jonah and the whale, a common correlation among abolitionists at the time, indicate that Austin Bearse, the Captain of the Moby Dick, must have known of the antislavery symbolism/allegory of Melville’s novel.
KeywordsCold Stream Boston Harbor White Whale Underground Railroad Chattel Slavery
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