• A Free Soiler in his Own Broad Sense: Henry David Thoreau and the Free Soil Movement

    Author(s):
    James S. Finley (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    American literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6976M
    Abstract:
    This chapter explores Thoreau’s engagement with Free Soil ideology and contextualizes Thoreau’s ecologically oriented social reform. Thoreau, I argue, transforms the Free Soil position that slaveholding degrades labor and landscapes, making it more attentive to Transcendentalist ethics and ecological volatility. More specifically, the ecological vision of antislavery that Thoreau articulates in “Slavery in Massachusetts” and the individualist, anticapitalist free soil project that he fashions in "Walden" both point toward his embrace of John Brown as the apotheosis of a uniquely Thoreauvian version of Free Soil.
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