The most distinct thing that I now recall in connection with the scene was that some man who seemed to be a stranger (a United States officer, I presume) made a little speech and then read a rather long paper--the Emancipation
Proclamation, I think.
The use of symbols has a certain power of emancipation and exhilaration for all men.
This emancipation is dear to all men, and the power to impart it, as it must come from greater depth and scope of thought, is a measure of intellect.
With Carthoris at my side I fought for the red men of Barsoom and for their total emancipation
from the throttling bondage of a hideous superstition.
We may think we know the outlines of emancipations history, beginning with the long slough of slavery in colonial America, then the rise of abolition movements, and then finally the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment.
Almost all of the great slave emancipations of the 19th century occurred as they did because slavery was a feature of a regime's periphery; emancipation could take place without excessive conflict because slaveholding was located far from the metropole, where the decisions about slavery were really made.
The "horrors of Santo Domingo" hovered as objections over all future discussions of abolition, as did white perceptions of free black communities in the American North, where early emancipations
occurred more gradually and peacefully.
He deconstructs the classical notion of emancipation
and reconstructs it as emancipations
-- he locates the universal in the particulars.