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. besides the fact that, by means 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 triumphing notions of citizenship. Insightful and thought-provoking, Abolition's Public Sphere questions average types of abolitionist heritage and, within the method, our knowing of democracy itself.
Robert Fanuzzi is an affiliate professor of English at St. John's college, New York.
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