Means and Ends in American Abolitionism: Garrison and His Critics on Strategy and Tatics 1834-1850

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The debate among those who sought to abolish slavery in America was a crucial one in the history of the nation, for it raised a great many questions we are still debating. Reading Ms. Kraditor’s study of the abolitionists’ thinking on the goals, strategy, and tactics of their cause, the modern reader can hardly escape seeing parallels with present-day politics and protest movements. Ms. Kraditor focuses on arguments over the role of women in the Anti-Slavery Society, over religion, and over political action. She ...

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Overview

The debate among those who sought to abolish slavery in America was a crucial one in the history of the nation, for it raised a great many questions we are still debating. Reading Ms. Kraditor’s study of the abolitionists’ thinking on the goals, strategy, and tactics of their cause, the modern reader can hardly escape seeing parallels with present-day politics and protest movements. Ms. Kraditor focuses on arguments over the role of women in the Anti-Slavery Society, over religion, and over political action. She sees a struggle between "respectability" and radical action which continues to reverberate. "From first to last this lucid, important book challenges preconceptions. Obviously Professor Kraditor intends to provoke critical reexamination of many points she raises, and in this she is brilliantly successful.... Her book is a fruitful exploration into the history of a great movement."—Harold M. Hyman, Book World. "Original, perceptive, provocative."—American Historical Review

Ms. Kraditor sees a struggle between "respectability" and radical action which continues to reverberate.

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Editorial Reviews

Book World - Harold M. Hyman
From first to last this lucid, important book challenges preconceptions.... In this she is brilliantly successful.
New Republic - Fawn Brodie
A meticulous examination.
American Historical Review - Don E. Fehrenbacher
Superior to anything else published on the subject.
New Republic
A meticulous examination.
— Fawn Brodie
Book World
From first to last this lucid, important book challenges preconceptions.... In this she is brilliantly successful.
— Harold M. Hyman
American Historical Review
Original, perceptive, provocative.
Harold M. Hyman
"From first to last this lucid, important book challenges preconceptions.... In this she is brilliantly successful."
Book World
Fawn Brodie
"A meticulous examination."
New Republic
American Historical Review
"Original, perceptive, provocative."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929587165
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st Elephant paperback ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 1,304,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Aileen S. Kraditor is Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. Her other books include The Ideas of Woman Suffrage Movement, 1890–1920; Up from the Pedestal: Selected Writings in the History of American Feminism; The Radical Persuasion, 1890–1917; and Jimmy Higgins: The Mental World of the American Rank-and-File Communist, 1930–1958.

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