Essay about Feminism, The, And The And Their Friends By Frank J. Webb

1870 Words Sep 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The 19th-century in America was a time of blossoming new philosophies that resulted from a curious amalgam of the lingering ripples of the Revolution and the discord between the North and South. One of the philosophies developed during the time period was transcendentalism, the philosophical movement that at its core believed in the “inherent goodness of both people and nature.” Transcendentalists held the conviction that it was society and its institutions that corrupted the human being, an ideology titled environmentalism. Abolitionists adapted the idea of environmentalism to slavery forming the notion that “circumstances—previous enslavement, the lack of formal education, and the absence of remunerative employment—explained African American degradation” (Antislavery and Abolition in Philadelphia: Emancipation and the Long Struggle for Racial Justice in the City of Brotherly Love (Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World)) Through his work, The Garies and their Friends, Frank J. Webb addresses the theme of environmentalism and conveys the statement that African Americans are not congenitally improvident and ignorant, but instead are this way because of the conditions of slavery and the persistent nature of racism.
Within the novel, Webb argues against the fallacies used to justify racism by way of signification. The most artful example of this occurs during the first chapter of the novel, “In which the Reader is introduced to a Family of Peculiar Construction”…

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