Democratic Discourses: The Radical Abolition Movement and Antebellum American Literature (Paperback)
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Democratic Discourses: The Radical Abolition Movement and Antebellum American Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/06/2005
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Ever since the hallowed statement, ""All men are created equal,"" was penned in the Declaration of Independence, it has become a historical tenet that freedom and equality were brought to American shores by the so-called Founding Fathers. In this path-breaking study, Michael Bennett departs from tradition to argue that the democratic ideal of equality and the actual ways in which it has been practiced are grounded less in the fledgling government documents written by a handful of white men than in the actions and writings of the radical abolitionists of the nineteenth century. Bringing together key texts of both African American and European American authors, Democratic Discourses shows the important ways that abolitionist writing shaped a powerful counterculture within a slave-holding society. Bennett offers fresh new analysis through unusual pairings of authors, including Frederick Douglass with Henry David Thoreau, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper with Walt Whitman, and Margaret Fuller with Sojourner Truth. These re-readings avoid the tendency to view antebellum writing as a product primarily of either European American or African American influences and, instead, illustrate the interconnections of white and black literature in the creation and practice of democracy. Drawing on discourses about the body, gender, economics, and aesthetics, this unique study encourages readers to reconsider the reality and roots of freedoms experienced in the United States today.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813535739
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

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