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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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William Wells Brown’s Critical Cosmopolitanism

William Wells Brown’s Critical Cosmopolitanism

(p.99) Chapter 3 William Wells Brown’s Critical Cosmopolitanism
Abolitionist Geographies

Martha Schoolman

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a reading of William Wells Brown’s travel narrative “Three Years in Europe” to examine the political and theoretical consequences of the abolitionist ambivalence toward British West Indian Emancipation from a fugitive’s point of view. The novel described a fugitive slave enjoying the autonomy of expatriate life, and reflected the opinion of Brown about the changing political reform after the emancipation. Brown was compelled to write the novel when he saw the opposition of the British public against the formerly enslaved Indies whom they believe contributed to the downturn in the imperial economy.

Keywords:   William Wells Brown, Three Years in Europe, British West Indian Emancipation, emancipation, abolitionist

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