New Book: America’s England: Antebellum Literature and Atlantic Sectionalism by Christopher Hanlon

America's England CoverFrom Oxford University PressAmerica’s England examines the patterns of affiliation through which antebellum northerners and southerners in the United States codified their antipathies in terms of various constructions of England. Hanlon argues that widely circulated fantasies of English racial origins, sweeping English geographies and picturesque spaces, transatlantic telecommunication, and Free Trade economics rallied writers and public intellectuals such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Child, Henry Timrod, William Gilmore Simms, George Fitzhugh, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Sumner, Henry Herbert, and many others as they situated the cisatlantic crisis at oceanic removes.