Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - HISTORY - 154 pages
From early slave rebels to radical reformers of the Civil War era and beyond, the struggle to end slavery was a diverse, dynamic, and ramifying social movement. In this succinct narrative, Richard S. Newman examines the key people, themes, and ideas that animated abolitionism in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries in the United States and internationally. Filled with portraits of key abolitionists - including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Anthony Benezet, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Elizabeth Heyrick, Richard Allen, and Angelina Grimké - the book highlights abolitionists' focus on social and political action. From the Underground Railroad and legal aid for oppressed people to legislative lobbying and military service, abolitionists employed every conceivable means to attack slavery and racial injustice. Their collective struggles helped bring down slavery - the most powerful economic and political institution of the age - across the Atlantic world and inspired generations of reformers.

Sharply written and highly readable, Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction offers an inspiring portrait of the men and women who dedicated their lives to fighting racial oppression.

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Richard S. Newman is Professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Transformation of American Abolitionism, Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers, and Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present. He is the former Edwin Wolf 2nd Director at The Library Company of Philadelphia.

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