What Is Abolitionist Geography?
This introductory chapter discusses the archive of abolitionist spatial practices to show how literary abolitionism promotes geography as a key discourse of abolitionist political intervention. It examines the work of Martin Delany’s Blake to elaborate the category of abolitionist geography. Blake embodies what has come to be understood in contemporary critical discourse as spatial realism. It acknowledges lines of kinship connection among enslaved and free Africans in the Western Hemisphere that traditionally have been elided by a myopic U.S. focus in accounts of African American culture.
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