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One Race of people on this earth have always had abundant harvests. All oth ers have always been short of food. One Race mines the ores, drills the oil wells, digs the coal and converts the "precious things of the earth" into the goods and services of "Modern civilization. Israel was the only people ever promised by God that He would answer their prayers and watch over them. What people have prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob down through the last score of centuries, have had their prayers answered, an d have been prospered by Him while the other Races sit in heathen darkness?

Your teaching seems to make it so. Yet you preach the migration of a handful of atheistic and agnostic "Jews" t o old Palestine, with their Rabbis who curse the Name of Jesus Christ, is "the fulfillment of the prophecies of the regathering of God's People Israel to their land! This would explain why some "Jews" believed the Christ, and other "Jews" hated Him. Those who believed were simply the ones of Israelite ancestry; while those who hated Him were of Esau-Edom!

Now go back and read 23 and 32 before you go on! The scientist and historian Dr. David Davidson wrote: "Indeed the Edomites later became completely absorbed in Jewry and under their aggressive intrusion the Jews became racially the medium of expression for the Edomite ideal for which Herod the Great had first given political formation. The History of the latest phase of the intrusion absorption or inter-marriage is in the summary of the Encyclopedia Biblica, Volume 2, Col he then quotes that. Speaking of these "Jews. John Beaty, former U. Millions have come since.

Roland B. Dixon, of Harvard, wrote in , "The most important single factor, however, in the differentiation of these Jews of the Asiatic borderland In these Khazars We may in all probability see the origin of the great mass of the east European Jews of today. Nathan M. Pollock, A Khazar-Jew, spent 40 years researching the origin of his fellow "Jews". Aug 28, His findings, and many others too numerous to list in this tract, corroborate the Khazar ancestry of most modern "Jews. The Jewish movie "czars" of filthy, corrupting Hollywood are often called "moguls," a term dating back to the Khan "Moguls," or "rulers," of Genghis Khan.

Professor H. II, Pub. Winckler, L. King, Dr. Brandis, and H. On pages , Vol. Quoting H. Speaking of an "economic system of oppression," that fits communism socialism , and Rev. Their plan was written by Karl Marx, son of a Jew Rabbi. You know the story of Lenin and the sealed train crossing Europe with his followers to take control of the Russian revolution. Webster, , p. Frank Britton put it a little more bluntly, "Soon these hords of returning Jews would exercise the power of life and death over million Christian Russians.

Soon every factory, every government bureau, every school district, and every army would function under the gimlet eye of a Jewish Commisar. Soon the blood of human beings would be oozing from under the doors of the communist execution chambers as tens of thousands of Christian men and women were butchered like cattle in a slaughter house. Soon five million landowners would be deliberately starved to death as part of a premeditated plan. Soon a move would be under way to exterminate the gentile leader class of the entire nation by murdering every Christian factory owner, and lawyer, and government leader, and army officer, and every other person who had been, or might be, a potential leader.

Soon every church and cathedral would be gutted, and every priest and preacher would become a criminal in his own community. Soon Russia would have a zombie- proletariat, docile, willing to work, easily controlled, incapable of revolt When the Bolsheviks came to power, they systematically undertook to destroy every vestige of opposition by exterminating the upper classes of Russian society.

Such was the 'romance' of the Bolshevik revolution. With its small middle and upper class exterminated, Russia's peasant an d worker population accepted Jewish Bolshevism without protest. That was what the RED Terror set out to accomplish. Timlugia User 4 Dec 22, I actually felt relieved after rejecting her, knowing that Geralt finally put away some 20 years of tangled relationship behind, and free to be single or with Triss.

But interestingly, there is no obligation for Geralt to complete this quest to break up with Yen, one can simply tell Yen that Geralt wasn't interesting in Djnn, or skip the quest outright and find Uma. Plenty of other opportunities in the game for me to experience sad moments or to see distraught faces without being a total dick. Sunsibar Ex-moderator 6 Dec 22, Because I wanted to see every quest and outcome in this game, I naturally also did this. This quest made me feel so miserable, like I'd literally broke someone's heart. Not many quests in video games ever made me feel so strongly about something.

This quest was very well made. Last edited: Dec 30, Stebenev User 7 Dec 24, Hell no! Had to reload older save and ending up loosing 5 hours of play. Could not keeping on with the game after making Yen sad. She is such an amazing character in game. And truly important to Gerald. I mean they have known each other for 20 years or so. Spaghetter User 8 Dec 29, It was definitely a great scene. Kallelinski User 9 Jan 1, Everyone should give Yennefer a chance at least once. I think something died inside me, when I saw this scene. It felt like I grabbed her heart of her body and throw it down the mountain.

Thomas User 10 Jan 2, You guys are such bleeding hearts Geralt isn't actually responsible for Yennefer's happiness, he's responsible for his own. The two of them have been miserable "together" for so long, what's to say she won't ultimately also be better off with all that behind her? That's just throwing good years after bad ones and refusing to face your problems. Besides, she still has a century or two left in her. She'd have to move on eventually.

By finally ending them, at least Geralt will have a few decades of not being chained in a passionate love-hate relationship with a woman who, frankly, he sucks at getting along with while the bards sing tragic ballads about his personal life. Yennefer pouting a bit and moping about for a little while isn't going to be the end of the world. Kallelinski User 11 Jan 2, Thomas;n said:. The Lady of the Lake Geralt, staring out the window, smiled at his own thoughts and dreams.

I will go into retirement. I don't know what to think about that, as old King Dezmod said when caught cheating at cards. But i have a very bad feeling. Dandelion, you have travelled with him and spent a lot of time at his side. Has he shown other symptoms of paranoia? Geralt, I know you've a deep temperament and a sensitive soul, but do not talk such crap, as you can see, Yennefer is not here, just us old wolves. Don't tell us old wolves stories of a witcher not needing a sword, the world is not like that.

You are a witcher and you will need …' 'No, I won't,' Geralt gently denied. That it is foolish to stick my neck out for anyone. Even if that someone pays. An no, this is not an existential philosophy. Believe it, but suddenly, I have taken a tremendous affection for my own skin. I have come to the conclusion that it would be stupid to risk it in defence of others. On the other …' 'There is no other. The Lady of the Lake Fringilla was silent for a moment. She had not the slightest intention of telling the lodge that during the last two weeks the witcher had called her Yennefer twice — and at times, when she had every right to be called by her own name.

However the lodge had a right to expect from her the truth. And some useful findings. And you… Oh, no, my dear. Who can be made a mockery of. Utter a single word and you will regret it! But you would have taken it as… the Devil only knows what. And I am an unfeeling witcher and heartless professional. I risk my life. Sword of Destiny A little sacrifice, he thought, just a little sacrifice. For this will calm her, a hug, a kiss, calm caresses. And even if she did, what of it? For a little sacrifice, a very little sacrifice, is beautiful and worth… Were she to want more… It would calm her.

A quiet, calm, gentle act of love. For one thing, both maintain the same hardline position. In the review, the author describes "Domestic Slavery" as "the basis of all our institutions" , and in the dedication to The Partisan leader, Tucker refers to a "society whose institutions are based on domestic slavery" v. In addition, both the review and the novel attack the universalizing philosophy that regards human beings "as a unit": REVIEWER: Such instances prove that in reasoning concerning the moral effect of slavery, he who regards man as a unit, the same under all circumstances, leaves out of view an important consideration.

Review, 9 cause he had some feelings to which the white man is a stranger. Partisan Leader, 71 The Paulding-Drayton review goes on to emphasize "the moral influences flowing from the relation of master and slave" , which is exactly what Tucker argues in his many signed defenses of slavery. The Paulding-Drayton review contends that "the relation between the [white] infant and the [black] nurse" arouses familial sentiments that are then cultivated in the relation between the young white master and his black "foster brother" In The Partisan Leader, Tucker likewise emphasizes the relation of the young master to his "black nurse" and "foster-brother.

There is one further similarity that does not pertain directly to slavery. In the Paulding-Drayton review, the author uses a comet metaphor to illustrate a cyclical theory of history: "The human mind seems to perform, by some invariable laws, a sort of cycle, like those of the heavenly bodies. Fifty years ago, in France, the eccentric comet, 'public sentiment,' was in its opposite node" In The Partisan Leader, Tucker makes a similar argument about the cyclical nature of public sentiment, and he even updates the time line to reflect that the novel is set in the future: "The revolution in public sentiment which, commencing sixty years ago, had abolished all the privileges of rank and age.

A survey of other works by Tucker reveals further correspondences in style and phrasing. The Paulding-Drayton review contains a short history of "the war against property" in England and France ; in an essay on the commercial profession, Tucker declares that "a war against property, in all its forms, has been openly proclaimed" "Nature and Function," In his verified writings for the Messenger, Tucker repeatedly uses the same phrase in the same manner. In one essay he writes that "we have nothing to do with the origin of any particular mode of slavery"; in another he protests, "with the philosophy of this we have nothing to do"; and in a third essay he concludes a brief digression by claiming, "with the wisdom or folly of these feelings we have nothing to do.

Tucker, likewise doubtful of all theories of human perfectibility, later made extensive use of the expression. To indicate his own skepticism toward progress, he generally put the phrase in quotations or italics: How long it shall be before the "march of mind" as it is called, in its Juggernaut car, shall pass over us, and crush and obliterate every trace of what our ancestors were, and what we ourselves have been, is hard to say.

Years later, he was still fond of the phrase: Where would they now be in the march of mind, if, fifty years ago, they could have rooted themselves immovably in the conviction that there were "no secrets in Heaven and earth not dreamed of in their Philosophy. Noting that Tucker frequently used colons and semicolons, and that the Paulding-Drayton review contains "not a single colon. Taking into account the customary copyediting practices and the brevity of the review less than four full pages , such a claim carries little weight. But compare the absence of colons with the presence, again in less than four pages, of these characteristic Tucker phrases: "man as a unit," "feelings to which the white man is a stranger," "fanaticism and irreligion," "the war against property," "with that we have nothing to do," and "the march of mind.

What Poe said about the novel George Balcombe must also be said here, for the author of the Paulding-Drayton review "thinks, speaks, and acts, as no person. As noted previously, some critics tend to identify racism as a collection of proslavery assumptions held primarily by antebellum Southerners. Due in part to the continuing urgency of the issue, many neglect the historical context of race and instead resort to moralizing apologies, blanket denunciations, or full-blown jeremiads.

These approaches, however, present fewer difficulties than the pervasive view of racism as a private sin or psychological malady rather than a long-standing, systemic condition perpetuated by powerful political and economic forces. In keeping with this personalizing tendency, most interpretations of Poe's racism share some common assumptions: that he chose his racial attitudes freely or at least knowingly; that his attitudes could be expressed without constraint; and, by extension, that his expressions constitute a "true" record of his thoughts or feelings.

These assumptions are open to attack from many theoretical positions, but I would like to proceed with a more basic investigation of the scene of literary creation. Aside from specifying the social determinants of racism, this investigation should help to clarify one of the most neglected issues in all of Poe criticism, namely, the political and economic constraints on his creative freedom. To understand these constraints, it is necessary to recall Poe's predicament as editor or editorial assistant for the Southern Literary Messenger.

Since this was also Poe's first full-time editorial job, it cast a powerful shadow over his entire career in the industry of letters. Thomas Willis White, proprietor of the Messenger, conceived of his magazine as both a catalyst and a beneficiary of a mass literary market in the South, but he also worked hard to represent the Messenger as a periodical with national significance.

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For one thing, White depended on the North for exchanges, contributions, and editorial favors, which helps to explain why the parsimonious proprietor mailed so many free copies to the offices of Northern newspapers and magazines. Notices in the Northern press enhanced the Messenger's prestige, and since many Southern readers subscribed to Northern journals, this was also an effective albeit circuitous way to reach the target audience. For these reasons, White seldom passed up an opportunity to drop intimations of the Messenger's "national" following.

During a steamer ride up the James River, for example, White managed to convince antislavery travel writer J. Buckingham that although the Messenger was published in Richmond, it was "read extensively in every State in the Union" Buckingham, 2: 54 5. In the Messenger prospectus, for example, White first affirms and then denies any sectional bias. On the one hand, he bemoans the lack of Southern periodicals: In all the Union, south of Washington, there are but two Literary periodicals!

Northward of that city, there are probably at least twenty-five or thirty! Is this contrast justified. No: for in wealth, talents, and taste, we may justly claim at least an equality with our brethren; and a domestic institution exclusively our own, beyond all doubt affords us, if we choose, twice the leisure for reading and writing, which they enjoy. On the surface, these comments seem directed solely toward the North, but sectionalism—not to mention nullification—was also a highly charged issue within the South.

The prospectus accordingly exploits fears of Northern dominance, but at the same time it allows liberal or cosmopolitan readers to identify themselves with the image—if not the reality—of a progressive Southern intelligentsia. To maintain and expand his share of the Southern market, White therefore had to please an audience that was much less homogeneous than generally assumed, at least in regard to political affairs.

The Messenger's status as a literary magazine obviously made this task easier, for one of the preeminent ideological attributes of literature is its ability to present itself as a discourse free of ideology. Not surprisingly, White exploited the ostensible neutrality of literature in the prospectus, claiming that "Party Politics and controversial Theology, as far as possible, are jealously excluded.

Perhaps because of his uncertainty about literary quality, White often assumed the role of censor, and he paid special attention to inflammatory political issues, which might give offense and thereby drive off subscribers. Such fair prospects were imperiled by the growing controversy over slavery. Insofar as it emphasized the fundamental differences between North and South, the struggle over slavery obviously hindered the emergence of a truly national literary market.

But as implied earlier, the slavery question also exposed internal divisions within the Messenger's Southern audience. In such a market, economic and ideological forces became fused, and White accordingly attempted to cultivate an average racism that would appeal to a majority of his subscribers. Average racism, however, was easier said than done. White could safely defend the South from the attacks of Northern "fanatics," but he was less certain about whether he should represent slavery as a positive good or a necessary evil, or whether he should take a position on African colonization, that is, on plans to deport American blacks to the African colony of Liberia.

It might have been prudent to avoid such issues altogether, but this was not always possible. In February , for example, Lucian Minor contributed an article purporting to review recent issues of the IJberia Herald. Founded in , the Colonization Society enjoyed support in both the North and the South for more than a decade. By the , however, the project of African colonization had come under attack by those maintaining more extreme positions in the debate over slavery.

In , for example, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and proslavery economist Thomas Dew both denounced colonization as a cruel, unworkable, and prohibitively expensive solution Tise, 70— Minor himself realized that his review might arouse controversy. After praising Liberia effusively, he accordingly disavowed any radical intent: "What we especially had in view, however, when we began this article, was neither rhapsody nor dissertation upon the march of Liberia to prosperity and civilization—unparalleled as that march is, in the annals of civilization—but a notice a critical notice, if the reader please of the aforesaid newspaper" The disclaimer was hardly palliative, and this left White in something of a predicament.

Since he relied heavily on Minor for articles and editorial advice, he could not simply reject it. But he was also loathe to embroil the Messenger in a dispute that might anger his subscribers. Characteristically, White decided to compromise. He ordered Poe to revise or delete the more controversial sections of the review. He also gave Poe the job of informing Minor about these revisions, and Poe dutifully told Minor that "it was thought better upon consideration to omit all passages in 'Liberian Literature' at which offence could, by any possibility, be taken" Letters, This incident, it should be noted, suggests another motive behind Poe's "immaterial alterations" of the PauldingDrayton review.

If Poe censored a colonization article to avoid controversy in February, he may have censored Tucker's proslavery article for the same reason in April. In any event, Poe's revision of Minor's article was not entirely successful.

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In a review of the February Messenger, the Augusta Chronicle denounced "Liberian Literature" as being "altogether unsuited to our Southern region, and as indicating a dangerous partiality AVERAGE RACISM 15 for that most pestiferous and abominable parent of the Abolitionists, the Colonisation Society"20 The handling of Minor's article nevertheless reveals something of the ideological constraints that the Messenger imposed upon even its most valued contributors.

Significantly, the Messenger placed similar constraints on proslavery advocates like Beverley Tucker. These constraints are often overlooked because the Messenger later became a forum for proslavery opinion, but Poe's political education occurred during and In the "Editorial Remarks" for this issue, the writer—probably James Heath—takes exception to Tucker's general line of argument. Since these remarks represent the Messenger's official position at its commencement, they are worth quoting at length: The able author of the "Note to Blackstone's Commentaries" is entitled to be heard, even on a subject of such peculiar delicacy.

Whilst we entirely concur with him that slavery as a political or social institution is a matter exclusively of our own concern. We regard it on the contrary as a great evil, which society will sooner or later find it not only its interest to remove or mitigate, but will seek its gradual abolition or amelioration, under the influence of those high obligations imposed by an enlightened Christian morality.

Signed by "A Virginian," the reply begins with a merciless refutation of Tucker's position and concludes by supporting both African colonization and the gradual elimination of slavery. He could only attempt to minimize his risks by restricting the number of articles on slavery, by censoring these articles whenever possible, by printing editorial disclaimers, and by encouraging any offended readers to respond with letters rather than canceled subscriptions.


Taken together, the articles by James Heath, Lucian Minor, and Beverley Tucker represent the full range of positions on slavery that could be articulated in the Messenger during its early years of operation. Instead, the political spectrum of the magazine was bounded by gradualists or colonizationists at one extreme and positive-good secessionists at the other. White, moreover, only allowed these extremist positions to be defended by a few privileged contributors, and then only grudgingly. This policy, it should be emphasized, arose not from any moral aversion toward slavery but from White's belief that controversial issues were bad for literary business.

As indicated earlier, he had no desire "to jeopardize the fair prospects of the Messenger, by involving it in the strife of party politics. It was Poe's job, moreover, to implement and articulate the Messenger's editorial policies, and on one occasion he found himself explaining that "the pages of out Magazine are open, and have ever been, to the discussion of all general questions in Political Law, or Economy—never to questions of mere party" Poe, "Editorial," Obviously, then, there were implicit and explicit constraints on what Poe could say about slavery.

Even if he had been a ranting abolitionist or a rabid secessionist, he would never have been able to express these views in the Southern Literary Messenger. White's fear of political controversy called for positions that were less progressive than Minor's and less reactionary than Tucker's, and in fact all of Poe's remarks on slavery for the Messenger fall between these two extremes. In his review of Anne Grant's Memoirs of an American Lady, for example, Poe quotes a romantic description of slavery in colonial New York, claiming that these "remarks on slavery.

Less important than the remarks themselves, however, is the regional identification of the speaker. Northern apologies for slavery were highly coveted by Southerners, and for a fledgling magazine such as the Messenger, these apologies had the added attraction of mitigating—or appearing to mitigate—sectional differences in the national literary market. In an account of his travels through Louisiana and Mississippi, Ingraham pauses on several occasions to excuse, if not defend, Southern slavery.

After passing a group of slaves purchased in Virginia and bound for a plantation outside New Orleans, Ingraham remarks that "they all appeared contented and happy, and highly elated at their sweet anticipations. The traveller from the North has evinced no disposition to look with a jaundiced eye upon the South—to pervert its misfortunes into crimes—or distort its necessities into sins of volition. He has spoken of slavery as he found it—and it is almost needless to say that he found it a very different thing from the paintings he had seen of it in red ochre.

He obviously seeks to defend the South from Yankee "prejudices," but at the same time he attempts to "smooth down" the growing sectional divide by appealing to the liberal opinions of the "great majority of well educated Northern gentlemen. Without advocating any specific policy, he first concedes the "misfortunes" of slavery and then assures his readers that these misfortunes cause little injury to the slaves themselves. In other words, Poe dodges the slavery question by shifting the argument to "common" ground— only what makes the ground common in this case is racism. In many ways, Poe's statement accords with the "moderate" Messenger position articulated in by James Heath.

Unlike Heath, however, Poe failed to advocate even the gradual elimination of slavery. He also seemed hesitant about taking a position on colonisation. As editor of the Messenger, Poe frequently discussed other monthly magazines, and in the October North. After quoting a laudatory account of Ashmun's character, Poe admits that he is "willing to believe" this description, and he also concedes that Ashmun "was a noble martyr in the cause of African colonization. We shall soon, perhaps, have a Life of some Cuffy the Great, by Solomon Sapient; and then the North American will feel itself bound to devote one half of its pages to that important publication.

But then, as if stepping back from the threshold of partisan politics, Poe immediately modifies his position: "In expressing ourselves thus, we mean not the slightest disrespect to either Ashmun or his Biographer.

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But the critique is badly written, and its enthusiasm outre and disproportionate. Despite this evidence, many critics nevertheless accuse Poe of sharing the views of the most extreme proslavery advocates. Kenneth Alan Hovey, for example, contends that Poe's social views "are essentially identical" to those expressed by Beverley Tucker in the Paulding-Drayton review Hovey, Others identify Poe with the proslavery, anticolonization position of Thomas Dew, political economist and president of the College of William and Mary.

Joan Dayan notes that Poe corresponded with Dew and wrote the introduction to his "Address" for the Southern literary Messenger "Romance and Race," Dew" Dew, the man most fully identified with the extreme and articulate slavery apologetics of Poe's day" Aside from insinuating guilt by association, this position rests on a fundamental misconception of Poe's work and work-related constraints at the Messenger. Thomas Dew was an important supporter of the magazine, for in addition to contributing articles directly, he was also in a position to influence many other subscribers and potential subscribers.

Even if Poe had wanted to express disapproval of Dew, White would never have permitted it. Moreover, the particular text on which this whole argument rests was originally composed not by Poe but by Dew himself, a fact overlooked by nearly everyone. The text in question is Poe's October review of Dew's welcoming address to the entering class.

In order to write the review, Poe asked Dew for a copy of the address published in the next issue of the Messenger and for general information about the college. Dew responded with what we would today call a press release, and Poe merely revised it for his review. Dew's letter was reprinted in the standard edition of Poe's works, and it is a simple matter to identify the blatant similarities between Poe's review and Dew's press release. In a dissertation on the canon of Poe's critical works, which Rosenthal explicitly cites, William Hull in fact demonstrates that the six basic points in Poe's review are all derived, nearly verbatim, from the letter by Dew.

I list only a few examples. Hull, "A Canon of the Critical Works of Edgar Allan Poe," 15 9 POE: The number has at no time been very great it is true; and yet, in proportion to her alumni, this institution has given to the world more useful men than any other—more truly great statesmen. CW, DEW The scenery here, the hospitable population, the political atmosphere all conspire to give a utilitarian character to the mind of the student. Hull, "A Canon," POE: Perhaps the scenery and recollection of the place, the hospitable population, and political atmosphere, have all conspired to imbue the mind of the student at Williamsburg with a tinge of utilitarianism.

Her graduates have always been distinguished by minds well adapted to business, and for the greatest efficiency of character. CW, Rosenthal quotes this final passage to show that Poe "singled out for praise [Dew's] special achievement," namely, his advocacy of an extreme proslavery position.

As indicated earlier, however, Poe singled out nothing—he merely made minor stylistic changes in a press release that the Messenger was obliged to publish. Clearly, then, the "guilt by association" strategy is subject to abuse and manipulation. Rosenthal claims that Hull's dissertation "gives meticulous evidence establishing Poe's authorship" of the review in question, but Hull in fact gives meticulous evidence that confounds the very concept of authorship by demonstrating Poe's reliance on a text he could not refuse.

Carey's Domestic Slavery, The problem here concerns not authorship but existence, for the review was never published, and no manuscript copy has ever been located. Rosenthal and Nelson nevertheless contend that the review demonstrates Poe's "proslavery sympathies" Rosenthal, 30; Nelson, This claim merits special consideration because it is one of the most egregious examples of the guilt-by-association strategy practiced by Rosenthal and theoretically justified by Rowe.

Reports about the purported content of the review are based on Poe's June letter to Joseph E. Snodgrass had sent Poe a copy of Carey's book so that he might review it for Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. Carey's book on slavery was received by me not very long ago, and in last month's number I wrote, at some length, a criticism upon it, in which I endeavored to do justice to the author, whose talents I highly admire. But this critique, as well as some six or seven others, were refused admittance into the Magazine by Mr. Burton, upon his receiving my letter of resignation.

I fancy, moreover, that he has some private pique against Mr. Carey as he has against every honest man for not long ago he refused admission to a poetical address of his which I was anxious to publish. Letters, There are several reasons to question the sincerity of this letter. First, Poe was eager to tarnish the reputation of his former employer; as he later told Snodgrass, "Burton.

Second, Poe was caught up in a network of puffing and promotion that included both Carey and Snodgrass. In December , Poe relying on Snodgrass as a go-between had sent a copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque to Carey, who was then editor of the Baltimore American; shortly thereafter, Carey responded by publishing a favorable review Thomas and Jackson, In addition, Poe was at this time cultivating Snodgrass as a supporter of his magazine project. When Snodgrass sent Carey's book to Poe, that is, when Snodgrass acted as a go-between in the other direction, Poe may have felt obliged to return Carey's original favor.

Given these circumstances, Poe may have felt that a disparaging review would appear ungrateful to both Carey and Snodgrass—editors whose support Poe still wanted. He would have been strongly inclined to express a favorable opinion of Carey's book, and since the review was not published, this approval—whether feigned or genuine—cost him nothing.

Finally, it is entirely possible that Poe never reviewed Carey's book at all. If Poe had written a review, Snodgrass would certainly have been willing to publish it in the Visiter, as I indicated later, Snodgrass ultimately went on to publish several reviews of Carey's works.

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In other words, it is entirely possible that conclusions about Poe's racism are being drawn from a review that never existed, for Poe may have responded to Snodgrass's inquiry with a complete, yet plausible, fabrication. Disregarding these considerations, Rosenthal nevertheless claims that "even a review mildly sympathetic to Carey's views would place one in a position of sympathy with the South's pro-slavery orthodoxy" Aside from its scanty foundation in fact, this argument suffers from two additional weaknesses that are characteristic of regionalist reasoning.

As already demonstrated, in the several orthodoxies were vying for dominance. Carey himself attempts to sort out these contending positions within the South: I take it upon myself to say, that the people of the south have manifested no backwardness in relation to the question of domestic slavery.

The time was not long ago, when this subject was discussed with freedom throughout the southern states. It was becoming a matter of anxious solicitude; for it concerned them dearly. The process of effectual reformation was going on in its legitimate way; truth was coming to the minds of the reflecting in the light of their own experience, and was operating upon the unforced will. The evil of slavery was generally acknowledged; for I am persuaded that the sentiments which were declared some time ago, by Gov.

McDuffie, of South Carolina, were not held then by the intelligent portion of southern people. Carey, 99 32 In the conflicted political environment of Baltimore, Carey concocts a position that mixes racism with a mild form of antislavery activism. On the one hand, he contends that two distinct races cannot peacefully coexist unless "the one be in subjection to the other" 34 , and that abolitionists have only caused a hardening of Southern attitudes.

On the other hand, he advocates colonization as a "safe and effectual system" capable of "delivering this country from the evil of slavery, with security at once to both races, and with a prospect of final good to the blacks" — It is therefore unclear what Poe might have said in his attempt to "do justice to the author" of Domestic Slavery, if he made the attempt at all.

Second and most important, images of a monolithic South falsify the true political terrain of the region. We have already seen some of the ideological dissension and diversity that characterized the Messenger in the ; this diversity was even more pronounced in border states such as Maryland. Joseph Evans Snodgrass, for example, was actually attempting to encourage an antislavery movement within the South. The Baltimore Saturday Visiter had been marketed as a family newspaper devoted to art and literature, but by , Snodgrass was publishing articles that defended and attacked slavery. In he used another book by John Carey Slavery in Maryland, Briefly CConsidered to solicit controversial reviews, two of which he later published separately as pamphlets.

Later that year, however, Snodgrass published Slavery in Maryland: An Anti-Slavery Review, which attacks Steuart's gradualist approach on moral and religious grounds.

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The author of this second pamphlet disputes the benevolence of slavery and further contends that colonization, or any plan to remove blacks from Maryland, would prove both cruel and unworkable. In the concluding section, the author refuses to apologize or temporize: It is in vain for the advocates of slavery to throw themselves into the breach that had been made in their bulwarks; their efforts will be powerless to arrest the progress of liberal opinions.

Can we allow our liberties to be wrested from us in order to perpetuate an institution that has been a blighting mildew on every land it has ever touched from the creation of the world? With a slow and almost imperceptible progress it has overshadowed the whole land, obscuring the moral vision of the people, and infecting the atmosphere of the mind. Heath, novelist, Virginia state auditor, and sometime editor of the Southern Literary Messenger.

Poe's "associations," then, exposed him to diverse positions on slavery, but even this does not mean that such positions could be freely chosen or freely advocated, especially in the Southern literary market. In his "Anti-Slavery Review," for instance, Heath counsels against establishing a newspaper devoted exclusively to emancipation, for he believes that a general publication with a few articles on slavery would reach more Southern readers: [The question] cannot be investigated effectually without some organ of public communication by which information may be diffused and the various plans brought forward, and fully discussed before the people.

It, however, appears to me that a newspaper devoted to this especial object, would not effect so much as the introduction of suitable essays into the columns of papers already established. A paper devoted to emancipation would probably have but a limited circulation in the South, and that chiefly among persons already convinced. Loring, and Maria Weston Chapman. In an unpublished letter to Chapman, Snodgrass discusses the cost of sending his paper to "slave-holders and pro-slavery men in their feelings.

By discussing plans for the abolition of slavery, Snodgrass damaged both his reputation and the circulation of his paper. According to Dwight Thomas, many residents of Baltimore regarded Snodgrass as "a dangerous radical," and journalist Jane Swisshelm, a dangerous radical herself, remembered Snodgrass as "a prominent Washington correspondent, whose anti-slavery paper had been suppressed in Baltimore by a mob" D. Thomas, In , Poe had become one of the editors of the Broadway Journal. For the March 22 issue, he wrote an extremely favorable notice of the Southern Literary Messenger, claiming that under his editorship it had enjoyed "a success quite unparalleled in the history of our five dollar Magazines.

It also aroused the anger of antislavery activists, who were disturbed to see such a notice in a paper that was supposedly friendly to their cause. Writing for the Liberator, Robert Carter responded with a full-scale attack. According to Carter, many other reformers had hoped that the Broadway Journal would support "the cause of Human Rights" by "properly rebuking evil and evildoers.

Briggs's reaction, however, reveals much about the predicament of a magazine attempting to circulate among subscribers with diverse and conflicting views toward slavery. If the paper were to espouse such a position, openly, reasoned Briggs, it would lose the very readers most in need of reform: In the little time that our Journal has been going, we have received considerable countenance from the south and yesterday a postmaster in the interior of North Carolina wrote to solicit an agency.

Now we should turn the whole people south of the Potomac from us if in our first number we were to make too strong a demonstration against them; and all my hopes of doing good by stealth would be frustrated. When Lowell pressed him to take a more daring stand, Briggs invoked financial necessity: "You know that publishers and printers judge of propriety by profit. With the exception of the laudatory notice of the Messenger, Poe was as willing as Briggs to measure "propriety by profit.

The references to slavery appear in reviews of Longfellow and Lowell, but in each case Poe made the remarks anonymously or under cover of what we would today call plausible deniability. The first statement occurs in an unsigned review of Longfellow published in the April Aristidean, just one month after the attack of the Liberator.

Importantly, this review was published in the midst of the socalled Longfellow War, which Poe instigated when he accused the esteemed New England poet of being a self-promoter and a plagiarist. The Aristidean review begins by disparaging Longfellow's Boston supporters, a group identified as "the small coterie of abolitionists, transcendentalists, and fanatics in general," or, more pointedly as "the knot of rogues and madmen" Essays, Then commences an attack on Longfellow's latest poetic works.

Referring specifically to Poems on Slavery, the reviewer accuses Longfellow of pandering to "those negrophilic old ladies of the north" with "a shameless medley of the grossest misrepresentation. Longfellow, the reviewer continues, has "no right to change the locality, and by insinuating a falsehood in lieu of a fact, charge his countrymen with barbarity" Essays, , In an apparent attempt to do "evil by stealth," the anonymous writer turns Briggs's strategy on its head. This review, however, must be used with caution, for it is evidendy a collaborative production by Poe and Thomas Dunn English, editor of the Aristidean.

Most passages seem to come directly from Poe, but there are enough inconsistencies to indicate the work of a second author. In all likelihood, Poe provided a rough draft, which English altered to suit his own design. The Longfellow review contains many third-person references to "Mr. Poe," and in a subsequent notice of the Aristidean, Poe with some impudence attempts to maintain this illusion: There is a long review or rather running commentary on Longfellow's poems.

It is, perhaps, a little coarse, but we are not disposed to call it unjust; although there are in it some opinions which, by implication, are attributed to ourselves individually, and with which we cannot altogether coincide.