By Robert Fanuzzi
Fanuzzi illustrates how the dissemination of abolitionist tracts served to create an "imaginary public" that promoted and provoked the dialogue of slavery. although, by way of embracing Enlightenment abstractions of liberty, cause, and development, Fanuzzi argues, abolitionist approach brought aesthetic matters that challenged political associations of the general public sphere and winning notions of citizenship. Insightful and thought-provoking, Abolition's Public Sphere questions normal models of abolitionist heritage and, within the technique, our realizing of democracy itself.
Robert Fanuzzi is an affiliate professor of English at St. John's college, New York.
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