All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 22, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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In All on Fire, William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) emerges as an American hero, arguably on par with Abraham Lincoln, who forced the nation to confront the explosive issue of slavery.
Mayer maintains that Garrison, a self-made man of scanty formal education who founded and edited the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, not only served as the catalyst for the abolition of slavery, but inspired two generations of activists in civil rights and the women's movement.
Through Garrison, tragically torn between pacifism and abolitionist advocacy, we also meet a rich pageant of great 19th-century historical figures, including Frederick Douglass, John Quincy Adams,and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mayer's consequential biography will be read for generations to come.

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Review: All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

User Review  - Martha Tomhave - Goodreads

a great book about a great, great man, utterly admirable, an example for us all. A long book that reminds us of how many years it took for activists to make abolition of slavery possible. What ... Read full review

Review: All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

User Review  - Tom McKone - Goodreads

This is quite a tome but well written and moves fast. If anybody should believe that standing up for something is pointless but still feels compelled to do so than this book is a must read. Garrison ... Read full review

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Henry Mayer, author of Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic, lives in California.

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