Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start Your Free Trial

How did Ralph Waldo Emerson describe politicians and ordinary citizens in relation to the issue of slavery in his speech, "The Fugitive Slave Law?"

Expert Answers info

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

In this speech, Emerson denounces both politicians and ordinary people.  He says that they are both complicit in the evils of slavery and that they have shown their lack of moral fiber.

Emerson is speaking because of the fact that some fugitive slaves had been taken from Boston and returned to slavery.  He is aghast that such a thing could have happened.  He argues that both...

(The entire section contains 196 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial