Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation / Edition 1

Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation / Edition 1

by Julie Roy Jeffrey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858854

ISBN-13: 9780807858851

Pub. Date: 05/19/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In Abolitionists Remember, Julie Roy Jeffrey illuminates a second, little-noted antislavery struggle as abolitionists in the postwar period attempted to counter the nation's growing inclination to forget why the war was fought, what slavery was really like, and why the abolitionist cause was so important.

In the rush to mend fences after the Civil War,

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In Abolitionists Remember, Julie Roy Jeffrey illuminates a second, little-noted antislavery struggle as abolitionists in the postwar period attempted to counter the nation's growing inclination to forget why the war was fought, what slavery was really like, and why the abolitionist cause was so important.

In the rush to mend fences after the Civil War, the memory of the past faded and turned romantic—slaves became quaint, owners kindly, and the war itself a noble struggle for the Union. Jeffrey examines the autobiographical writings of former abolitionists such as Laura Haviland, Frederick Douglass, Parker Pillsbury, and Samuel J. May, revealing that they wrote not only to counter the popular image of themselves as fanatics, but also to remind readers of the harsh reality of slavery and to advocate equal rights for African Americans in an era of growing racism, Jim Crow, and the Ku Klux Klan. These abolitionists, who went to great lengths to get their accounts published, challenged every important point of the reconciliation narrative, trying to salvage the nobility of their work for emancipation and African Americans and defending their own participation in the great events of their day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858851
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/19/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ritual remembrances I : the dissolution of the antislavery societies 11

Ch. 1 The first recollections 25

Ch. 2 Fugitives as part of abolitionist history 61

Ritual remembrances II : reunions 97

Ch. 3 "Nigger thieves" : whites and the Underground Railroad 111

Ch. 4 Defending the past : the 1880s 155

Ritual remembrances III : the last gatherings 203

Ch. 5 The remembrance is like a dream : reminiscences of the 1890s 217

Afterword 247

Notes 255

Bibliography 303

Index 325

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