By Ivy G. Wilson

Specters of Democracy examines how figurations of blackness have been used to light up the fraught dating among citizenship, equality, and democracy within the antebellum united states via shut readings of Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Walt Whitman (on aurality), and Herman Melville, William J. Wilson, and a number of style painters (on visuality), the publication unearths how the tricky projects of representing African Americans-both enslaved and free-in creative expression used to be a part of a bigger obstacle pertaining to consultant democracy itself.

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