The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic / Edition 1

The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic / Edition 1

by Richard S. Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807826715

ISBN-13: 9780807826713

Pub. Date: 04/22/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Most accounts date the birth of American abolitionism to 1831, when William Lloyd Garrison began publishing his radical antislavery newspaper, The Liberator. In fact, however, the abolition movement had been born with the American Republic. In the decades following the Revolution, abolitionists worked steadily to eliminate slavery and racial injustice, and

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Most accounts date the birth of American abolitionism to 1831, when William Lloyd Garrison began publishing his radical antislavery newspaper, The Liberator. In fact, however, the abolition movement had been born with the American Republic. In the decades following the Revolution, abolitionists worked steadily to eliminate slavery and racial injustice, and their tactics and strategies constantly evolved. Tracing the development of the abolitionist movement from the 1770s to the 1830s, Richard Newman focuses particularly on its transformation from a conservative lobbying effort into a fiery grassroots reform cause.

What began in late-eighteenth-century Pennsylvania as an elite movement espousing gradual legal reform began to change in the 1820s as black activists, female reformers, and nonelite whites pushed their way into the antislavery movement. Located primarily in Massachusetts, these new reformers demanded immediate emancipation, and they revolutionized abolitionist strategies and tactics—lecturing extensively, publishing gripping accounts of life in bondage, and organizing on a grassroots level. Their attitudes and actions made the abolition movement the radical cause we view it as today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826713
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/22/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Abolitionist Transformations1
Ch. 1Republican Strategists: The Pennsylvania Abolition Society16
Ch. 2Deferential Petitioners: The Pennsylvania Abolition Society in State and Federal Government, 1790-183039
Ch. 3Creating Free Spaces: Blacks and Abolitionist Activism in Pennsylvania Courts, 1780s-1830s60
Ch. 4An Appeal to the Heart: The Black Protest Tradition and the Coming of Immediatism86
Ch. 5From Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, from Colonization to Immediatism: Race and the Overhaul of American Abolitionism107
Ch. 6The New Abolitionist Imperative: Mass Action Strategies131
Ch. 7A Whole Lot of Shoe Leather: Agents and the Impact of Grassroots Organizing in Massachusetts during the 1830s152
Epilogue: The Struggle Continued176
App. 1Letters from Maryland Slaveholders to Judge William Tilghman, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Regarding Fugitive Slaves185
App. 2Map - 1A-D: Agent Travels in Massachusetts188
App. 2Map - 2: Liberator Subscriptions in Massachusetts, 1830-1840190
Notes191
Selected Bibliography229
Index239

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