Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest

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Robertson argues that the environment of the Old Northwest--with its own complicated history of slavery and racism--created a uniquely collaborative and flexible approach to abolitionism. Western women helped build this local focus by plunging into Liberty Party politics, vociferously supporting a Quaker-led boycott of slave goods, and tirelessly aiding fugitives and free blacks in their communities. Western women worked closely with male abolitionists, belying the notion of ...
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Overview

Robertson argues that the environment of the Old Northwest--with its own complicated history of slavery and racism--created a uniquely collaborative and flexible approach to abolitionism. Western women helped build this local focus by plunging into Liberty Party politics, vociferously supporting a Quaker-led boycott of slave goods, and tirelessly aiding fugitives and free blacks in their communities. Western women worked closely with male abolitionists, belying the notion of separate spheres that characterized abolitionism in the East.
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"Robertson has created a rich and detailed narrative of women in the abolitionist movement in parts of the midwest."—
-The Annals of Iowa

"Robertson's exhaustively researched and engagingly written work offers both a challenge to scholars of abolition and an opportunity to those interested in the history of the Old Northwest."
-Journal of Illinois History

"This book makes an important contribution to the understanding of women's participation in antebellum abolition. . . .Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
-Choice

"An important addition to the historiography of American abolitionism. . . .A substantive work of scholarship that enriches our understanding of the western women who participated in the antebellum abolitionist struggle."
-The Journal of American History

"This book…sheds light on two critical issues in U.S. history. It adds valuable information to our conceptualization of the abolition movement, and it also demonstrates the pre-Civil War foundation of women's activism in the Old Northwest."
-American Historical Review

"A valuable addition to our understanding of abolitionism and women's history."
-Journal of Southern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807834084
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,323,105
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacey Robertson is the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University. She is author of ###Parker Pillsbury: Radical Abolitionist, Male Feminist#.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

1 Grassroots Activism and Female Antislavery Societies 11

2 Abolitionist Women and the Liberty Party 37

3 Free Produce in the Old Northwest 67

4 Antislavery Fairs, Cooperation, and Community Building 91

5 Women Lecturers and Radical Antislavery 127

6 Abolitionists and Fugitive Slaves 161

7 Woman's Rights and Abolition in the West 183

Afterword 201

Notes 205

Bibliography 263

Index 295

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