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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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August First and the Practice of Disunion

August First and the Practice of Disunion

(p.69) Chapter 2 August First and the Practice of Disunion
Abolitionist Geographies

Martha Schoolman

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the intensification of local New England abolitionist activity in the 1840s around the ritual commemoration of British West Indian Emancipation. Abolitionists clearly believed that the government would impose political limits against the British West Indies despite the commemoration. The chapter examines Ralph Waldo Emerson’s oratory piece, “Address on the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indie(1844)” which describes the contradicting stories of West Indian Emancipation, to explain the relationship between New England abolitionist activity and Caribbean slave resistance as unconnected yet formally similar.

Keywords:   West Indian Emancipation, abolitionists, British West Indies, slave resistance, Caribbean

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