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From the Publisher"Jeffrey has performed an important service to her fellow historians by exhuming every published abolitionist autobiography she could find. . . . Provides valuable contextual analysis."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"The study's greatest contribution is its reconstruction of the publication contexts, strategies, and constraints shaping the composition, circulation, and reception of abolitionist autobiography."
-Civil War History
"An engaging work that convincingly uncovers challenges to reconciliationism. . . . Advances our understanding of antislavery by drawing attention to the movement's ordinary people both black and white of both genders who did the movement's work outside of the limelight."
-American Historical Review
"A nuanced analysis of the struggle to remember the sectional conflict, distinguishing emancipationist, white supremacist, and reconciliationist memories."
-North Carolina Historical Review
"Marvelous. . . . Jeffrey's welcome work focuses on abolitionists who wrote memoirs and reminiscences and participated in antislavery reunions and conventions between 1865 and 1900. . . . Highly recommended."
"Jeffrey's analysis adds significantly to our understanding of abolitionists and their postbellum commitment to their antebellum ideals. . . . Insightful."
-The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Raises and begins to answer the question of how the victors of the Civil War ended up losing the peace."
-Journal of Southern History
"[Adds] an important piece of knowledge to the study of the Gilded Age. . . . Ought to be widely read."
-Journal of American History