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Abolitionist Geographies

Martha Schoolman


Traditional narratives of the period leading up to the Civil War are invariably framed in geographical terms. The sectional descriptors of the North, South, and West, like the wartime categories of Union, Confederacy, and border states, mean little without reference to a map of the United States. This book contends that antislavery writers consistently refused those standard terms. Through the idiom this book names “abolitionist geography,” these writers instead expressed their dissenting views about the westward extension of slavery, the intensification of the internal slave trade, and the pa ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Union, Confederacy, border states, antislavery writers, abolitionist geography, slavery, Fugitive Slave Law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680740
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Schoolman, author