The Hemispheric Free Soil Movement

James Finley

Texas A&M University – San Antonio.

James S. Finley is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University – San Antonio. He is editor of Henry David Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and his scholarship on antislavery and environmentalism has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Thoreau Society


James Finley’s paper, “The Hemispheric Free Soil Movement,” offers another revisionist account of the relationship between transnational abolitionism and agrarianism. He shows how the geographic emphasis of the... [ view full abstract ]


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