"Lee's book is a wonderful, beautifully written study, which adds significantly to our understanding of mid-nineteenth century American writing..."
-Hildegard Hoeller, City University of New York, South Atlantic Review
Maurice Lee, in this 2005 book, demonstrates how the slavery crisis became a crisis of philosophy. Poe, Stowe, Douglass, Melville, and Emerson tried - and failed - to find rational solutions to the slavery conflict. Drawing on antebellum moral philosophy, political theory, and metaphysics, Lee brings a different perspective to the literature of slavery.