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Abolitionist geographies, Martha Schoolman

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Abolitionist geographies
Title
Abolitionist geographies
Statement of responsibility
Martha Schoolman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Traditional narratives of the period leading up to the Civil War are invariably framed in geographical terms. The sectional descriptors of the North, South, and West, like the wartime categories of Union, Confederacy, and border states, mean little without reference to a map of the United States. In Abolitionist Geographies, Martha Schoolman contends that antislavery writers consistently refused those standard terms. Through the idiom Schoolman names 'abolitionist geography, ' these writers instead expressed their dissenting views about the westward extension of slavery, the intensification of the internal slave trade, and the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law by appealing to other anachronistic, partial, or entirely fictional north-south and east-west axes. Abolitionism's West, for instance, rarely reached beyond the Mississippi River, but its East looked to Britain for ideological inspiration, its North habitually traversed the Canadian border, and its South often spanned the geopolitical divide between the United States and the British Caribbean. Schoolman traces this geography of dissent through the work of Martin Delany, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others. Her book explores new relationships between New England transcendentalism and the British West Indies; African-American cosmopolitanism, Britain, and Haiti; sentimental fiction, Ohio, and Liberia; John Brown's Appalachia and circum-Caribbean marronage. These connections allow us to see clearly for the first time abolitionist literature's explicit and intentional investment in geography as an idiom of political critique, by turns liberal and radical, practical and utopian"--
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Schoolman, Martha,
Dewey number
326.8097309034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Delany, Martin Robison
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Brown, William Wells
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Antislavery movements
  • Abolitionists
  • Geography in literature
  • Antislavery movements in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • American literature
Label
Abolitionist geographies, Martha Schoolman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: What Is Abolitionist Geography? -- Emerson's Hemisphere -- August First and the Practice of Disunion -- William Wells Brown's Critical Cosmopolitanism -- Uncle Tom's Cabin's Anti-Expansionism -- The Maroon's Moment, 1856/1861
Control code
ocn894278353
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452942124
Note
Oxford University Press
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894278353
Label
Abolitionist geographies, Martha Schoolman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: What Is Abolitionist Geography? -- Emerson's Hemisphere -- August First and the Practice of Disunion -- William Wells Brown's Critical Cosmopolitanism -- Uncle Tom's Cabin's Anti-Expansionism -- The Maroon's Moment, 1856/1861
Control code
ocn894278353
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452942124
Note
Oxford University Press
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)894278353

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