This powerful narrative tells the triumphant story of the men and women who spent their lives and fortunes trying to abolish the institution of slavery in the United States.
The practice of African slavery has been described as the United States's most shameful sin. Undoing this practice was a long, complex struggle that lasted centuries and ultimately drove America to a bitter civil war.
After an introduction that places the United States's form of slavery into a global, historical perspective, author T. Adams Upchurch shows how an ancient custom evolved into the American South's peculiar institution. The gripping narrative will fascinate readers, while excerpts from primary documents provide glimpses into the minds of key abolitionists and proslavery apologists. The book's glossary, annotated bibliography, and chronology will be indispensable tools for readers researching and writing papers on slavery or abolitionists, making this text ideal for high school and college-level students.
• Contains excerpts from speeches and writings of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, John C. Calhoun, and others, as well as documents from the American Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberty party
• Provides a chronological history beginning with the colonial era and ending with the Civil War, covering every major event in the abolition movement
• Includes a biographical profiles section containing several mini-biographies of the most important abolitionists
• A glossary defines terms used commonly in discussing American slavery and abolitionism such as "chattel," "mulatto," and "moral suasion"
About the Author
T. Adams Upchurch, PhD, is associate professor of history at East Georgia College, Statesboro, GA.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Chronology of American Slavery and Abolitionism xvii
1 From Common Practice to Peculiar Institution: Slavery and Abolitionism to 1816 1
2 The Emergence of a National Movement: 1816 to 1840 21
3 Growing Pains of the Abolition Movement: 1840 to 1848 43
4 Slavery, Abolition, and the West: 1848 to 1856 67
5 Toward the Civil War: Slavery Meets Its Doom, 1856 to 1865 83
Biographical Profiles of Key Abolitionists 101
Primary Documents 125
Annotated Bibliography 149
About the Author 195