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Fugitive ScienceEmpiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture$
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Britt Rusert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479885688

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.001.0001

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Experiments in Freedom

Experiments in Freedom

Fugitive Science in Transatlantic Performance

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Fugitive Science

Britt Rusert

NYU Press

This chapter turns to the history of racist and anti-racist science as it was expressed in transatlantic performance from the 1830s through the 1850s. It maps a genealogy of overlap and exchange between popular scientific lecture circuits and early black performance in both the United States and Great Britain and chronicles how Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, William and Ellen Craft, and Henry Box Brown countered the widespread circulation of racist science in popular culture through dynamic performances of fugitive science in transatlantic spaces.

Keywords:   black performance, popular culture, transatlantic, scientific lectures, Great Britain, Douglass, William Wells Brown, William Craft, Ellen Craft, Henry Box Brown

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