Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Negro

@article{Cook1936JeanJacquesRA,
  title={Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Negro},
  author={Mercer Cook},
  journal={The Journal of Negro History},
  year={1936},
  volume={21},
  pages={294 - 303}
}
  • M. Cook
  • Published 1 July 1936
  • History
  • The Journal of Negro History
"I am sorry," wrote Bernardin de Saint Pierre, "that philosophers who combat abuses with so much courage, have hardly spoken of Negro slavery except to joke about it.'i ' In this statement, Rousseau's disciple and friend was voicing a criticism applicable to many of the great writers of France's crusading eighteenth century. Almost unanimously they had condemned slavery in general, but the specific case of Negro servitude had, for one reason or another, failed to arouse the impassioned and… 

From Slavery to Freedom: Abolitionist Expressions in Maskilic Sea Adventures

“Black” themes held a substantial place in twentieth-century American Yiddish poetry and prose, as well as in Yiddish journalism. As Hasia Diner notes in her work on Jews and blacks in the United

Mary Wollstonecraft and the Problematic of Slavery

In 1790, MaryWollstonecraft became a major participant in contemporary political debate for the first time, due to her evolving political analysis and social milieu. In contrast to A Vindication of

Never look back: political thought and the abolition of slavery

The campaigns for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, spanning over 40 years, represented one of the major political issues of the late Enlightenment, and drew in people of all

Of Pongos and Men: Orangs-Outang in Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality

  • F. Moron
  • Philosophy, Art
    The Review of Politics
  • 1995
Rousseau's concept of human perfectibility and his suggestion that a group of anthropomorphic animals might actually be human beings in a primitive state of nature have led an increasing number of

Noble Savages, Communists and Terrorists: Hegemonic Imperatives in Mediated Images of Africa from Mungo Park to Gaddafi.

This paper uses the Marxist postulate—that it is those segments of society which monopolize the production of knowledge and information which determine the general ideas and opinions that pervade

The Africans’ “Place in Nature”

The terms “racism” and “racist” have become highly emotive since the 1930’s, when a special variety of racism was taken up and carried to power in Germany by the National Socialist Party. The

Voces, Silencios, Ambigüedades y Fantasmagorías en el Espacio Transafricano de la Narrativa de Viajes del Siglo XIX

.............................................................................................................................. ii Acknowledgments