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By Robert Fanuzzi

Echoes of Thomas Paine and Enlightenment idea resonate in the course of the abolitionist move and within the efforts of its leaders to create an anti-slavery examining public. In Abolition's Public Sphere Robert Fanuzzi seriously examines the writings of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, and Sarah and Angelina Grimke and their great abolition exposure campaign-pamphlets, newspapers, petitions, and public gatherings-geared to an viewers of white male electorate, loose black noncitizens, ladies, and the enslaved. together with provocative readings of Thoreau's Walden and of the symbolic area of Boston's Faneuil corridor, Abolition's Public Sphere demonstrates how abolitionist public discourse sought to reenact eighteenth-century eventualities of revolution and democracy within the antebellum period.

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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