Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation

Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation

by Julie Roy Jeffrey

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807832080
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/19/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Julie Roy Jeffrey is professor of American history at Goucher College and author of The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Abolitionist Movement (from the University of North Carolina Press).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Chronology     xi
Introduction     1
The Dissolution of the Antislavery Societies     11
The First Recollections     25
Fugitives as Part of Abolitionist History     61
Reunions     97
"Nigger Thieves" Whites and the Underground Railroad     111
Defending the Past The 1880s     155
The Last Gatherings     203
The Remembrance Is Like a Dream Reminiscences of the 1890s     217
Afterword     247
Notes     255
Bibliography     303
Index     325

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From the Publisher

How abolitionists are remembered from one generation to another has been an index into American attitudes toward race as well as our national self-understanding. Julie Jeffrey has a sophisticated understanding of both the nature of autobiography and the character of historical memory. She is acutely aware of the significance of the 'present' in any controversy over the 'past' and reminds us of that in effective ways. Abolitionists Remember is an important book and a superb addition to the growing work in the field of historical memory.--David Blight, Yale University



Julie Jeffrey expands the frame of post-Civil War historical memory by showing how abolitionists recollected their thirty-year movement in the decades when it was increasingly tarred with the brush of fanaticism or simply forgotten. With thorough research, Jeffrey has assembled a body of works heretofore ignored and placed them in the contexts of postwar culture and politics as well as the history of the book.--Scott E. Casper, University of Nevada, Reno

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