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From the Publisher"Castro does an excellent job describing the naval war- particularly the role of privateers—and the subsequent handling of specific cases by Washington's cabinet and the U.S. judiciary." - Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State University, Tempe
"Laurie's detailed study of the roots and multiple manifestations of antislavery politics in Massachusetts offers historians a fresh interpretation of th demographic and ideological base of the antislavery movement."
Michael B. Chesson, Civil War History
"...a richly detailed local history that describes both the ideological battles and the political horse-trading engaged in by antislavery politicians in antebellum Massachusetts." -Rachel Hope Cleves, JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC