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Abolitionist Geographies by English Department Alumni Martha Schoolman

In Abolitionist Geographies, Martha Schoolman contends that antislavery writers consistently refused standard geographical terms, instead expressing their dissenting views by appealing to other anachronistic, partial, or entirely fictional north–south and east–west axes. Schoolman reveals abolitionist literature’s explicit and intentional investment in geography as an idiom of political critique, by turns liberal and radical, practical and utopian.

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