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. in spite of the fact that, through embracing Enlightenment abstractions of liberty, cause, and growth, Fanuzzi argues, abolitionist procedure brought aesthetic issues that challenged political associations of the general public sphere and triumphing notions of citizenship. Insightful and thought-provoking, Abolition's Public Sphere questions ordinary types of abolitionist heritage and, within the technique, our realizing of democracy itself.
Robert Fanuzzi is an affiliate professor of English at St. John's collage, New York.
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Abolition's Public Sphere by Robert Fanuzzi