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

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Overview

Julie Roy Jeffrey illuminates a second 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. 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. 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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"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

"Jeffrey examines how, during the four decades following emancipation, white and black abolitionists memorialized and remembered their contentious and long campaign to overthrow the 'peculiar institution.'"--Indiana Magazine of History

"Raises and begins to answer the question of how the victors of the Civil War ended up losing the peace."--Journal of Southern History

"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

"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

"[Adds] an important piece of knowledge to the study of the Gilded Age. . . . Ought to be widely read."--Journal of American History

"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."--Choice

"A nuanced analysis of the struggle to remember the sectional conflict, distinguishing emancipationist, white supremacist, and reconciliationist memories."--North Carolina Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858851
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Roy Jeffrey is professor of American history at Goucher College and author of The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Abolitionist Movement (from the University of North Carolina Press).
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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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