Frederick Douglass’s Camera Obscura: Representing the Antislave “Clothed and in Their Own Form”

  title={Frederick Douglass’s Camera Obscura: Representing the Antislave “Clothed and in Their Own Form”},
  author={Henry Louis Gates,},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={31 - 60}
  • H. Gates,
  • Published 1 September 2015
  • History
  • Critical Inquiry
So now it seems to me that the arrival of such men as Toussaint if he is pure blood, or Douglas [sic] if he is pure blood, outweighs all the English & American humanity. The Antislavery of the whole world is but dust in the balance, a poor squeamishness & nervousness[;] the might & the right is here. Here is the Anti-Slave. . .now let them emerge, clothed and in their own form. —Emerson, Holograph, First Draft of Emerson’s “Emancipation of the Negroes in the West Indies,” 1844 
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