Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest

Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest

by Stacey M. Robertson

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Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest by Stacey M. Robertson

Challenging traditional histories of abolition, this book shifts the focus away from the East to show how the women of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin helped build a vibrant antislavery movement in the Old Northwest.

Stacey 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 through their unusual and occasionally transgressive activities. They plunged into Liberty Party politics, vociferously supported a Quaker-led boycott of slave goods, and tirelessly aided 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. The contested history of race relations in the West also affected the development of abolitionism in the region, necessitating a pragmatic bent in their activities. Female antislavery societies focused on eliminating racist laws, aiding fugitive slaves, and building and sustaining schools for blacks. This approach required that abolitionists of all stripes work together, and women proved especially adept at such cooperation.

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ISBN-13: 9781469622170
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 930,005
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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