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Martha Schoolman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680740.001.0001

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Emerson’s Hemisphere

Emerson’s Hemisphere

(p.21) Chapter 1 Emerson’s Hemisphere
Abolitionist Geographies

Martha Schoolman

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the abolitionist ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson he expressed during his emigration from New England to the Caribbean. Emerson was obliged to travel to the Caribbean during the winter months in New England because of his tuberculosis. During his stay in the Caribbean, he realized that there were several similarities between having an illness and being enslaved. His idea prompt him to write a broad frame of reform discourse describing West Indian Emancipation, and explaining the political context of local dwelling and transnational circulation.

Keywords:   Ralph Waldo Emerson, British West Indians, Caribbean, slavery, New England, abolitionist

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