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This Violent EmpireThe Birth of an American National Identity$
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Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832967

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.001.0001

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Polished Gentlemen, Troublesome Women, and Dancing Slaves

Polished Gentlemen, Troublesome Women, and Dancing Slaves

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(p.365) Chapter Seven Polished Gentlemen, Troublesome Women, and Dancing Slaves
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This Violent Empire
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Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.003.0011

This chapter examines the emergence of two figures—the bourgeois woman and the enslaved African American—and how these figures brought coherence to the urban fathers' imagined new American. It describes the central role of political magazines in disseminating an Enlightenment culture of gentility and belles lettres. The chapter discusses how the figure of the enslaved African American was informed by and reinforced the rhetorical contrast between the free and the slave that republican discourses made central to the practice of civic virtue and virtuous citizenship.

Keywords:   bourgeois woman, enslaved African American, political magazines, citizenship, slavery

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