Climates of Imperialism: Emerson and William C. Nell in Florida

Kevin Modestino

Howard University

Kevin Modestino is a Lecturer of English at Howard University. He is currently at work on his first book manuscript, “Providential Visions: The Aesthetics of History, Slave Revolution, and Imperial Time in Antebellum America.” His essay, “William H. Prescott’s Imperial Aesthetic” is forthcoming in ESQ. His research and reviews have appeared in American Literature, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, and Studies in American Naturalism.


In 1827, Emerson travelled to St. Augustine to recover from a particularly acute attack of his lifelong tuberculosis. In his journals he recorded attending a church next door to a slave market: “One ear heard the glad... [ view full abstract ]


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