Liberalism's limits: Carlyle and Mill on “the negro question”

  title={Liberalism's limits: Carlyle and Mill on “the negro question”},
  author={David theo Goldberg},
  journal={Nineteenth-Century Contexts},
  pages={203 - 216}
  • D. Goldberg
  • Published 2000
  • Philosophy
  • Nineteenth-Century Contexts
I n 1849Fraser'sMagazine, the popular London literary periodical, published an anonymous attack on the nature of black people under the title, "Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question." The vicious essay turned out to be written by Thomas Carlyle. Outraged by the incivility of its language, if not distressed by the intransigence of the sentiment it expressed, literate liberals in Britain and the northern States in the American Union openly objected to the attack. Chief among the responses… Expand
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