Emerson's Antislavery Writings

Overview

This book presents the first comprehensive and authoritative collection of Emerson's writings against slavery and the subjugation of American Indians-writings that reveal Emerson's deep commitment to social reform. Included are speeches and lectures that have never before been published or collected in any other edition of Emerson's writings.

"Taken together, this group of writings constitutes a critical mass of evidence that demonstrates Emerson's continuous involvement in protest against slavery and other forms...

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Overview

This book presents the first comprehensive and authoritative collection of Emerson's writings against slavery and the subjugation of American Indians-writings that reveal Emerson's deep commitment to social reform. Included are speeches and lectures that have never before been published or collected in any other edition of Emerson's writings.

"Taken together, this group of writings constitutes a critical mass of evidence that demonstrates Emerson's continuous involvement in protest against slavery and other forms of social oppression much more dramatically than has been done before."-Lawrence Buell, Harvard University

"This valuable collection contains eighteen works by Emerson on the subject of slavery written between 1838 and 1863. . . . The texts are well annotated, and a historical introduction rightly demonstrates Emerson's important participation in the abolition movement."-Nineteenth-Century Literature

"This new volume . . . seeks to put Emerson's views on abolitionism in a clearer light while fitting the writings into the larger frame of his philosophy of social reform. . . . A skillfully edited volume . . . [that adds] to a deeper understanding of Emerson's thought."-Charles Sermon, State

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Nineteenth-Century Literature
This valuable collection contains eighteen works by Emerson on the subject of slavery written between 1838 and 1863... . The texts are well annotated, and a historical introduction rightly demonstrates Emerson's important participation in the abolition movement.
Charles Sermon
This new volume ... seeks to put Emerson's views on abolitionism in a clearer light while fitting the writings into the larger frame of his philosophy of social reform... . A skillfully edited volume ... [that adds] to a deeper understanding of Emerson's thought.
State
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094022
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,142,005
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Historical Background
Letter to Martin Van Buren 1
"An Address ... on ... the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies" 7
Anniversary of West Indian Emancipation 35
Letter to William Rotch 39
Antislavery Speech at Dedham 41
Letter to the Kidnapping Committee 45
Antislavery Remarks at Worcester 47
Letter to Mary Merrick Brooks 51
"Address to the Citizens of Concord" on the Fugitive Slave Law 53
The Fugitive Slave Law 73
Lecture on Slavery 91
Assault on Charles Summer 107
Kansas Relief Meeting 111
Speech at a Meeting to Aid John Brown's Family 117
John Brown 121
Attempted Speech 125
"The President's Proclamation" 129
"Fortune of the Republic" 137
Textual Commentary 155
Notes 203
Index 227
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