The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

by Manisha Sinha
The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

by Manisha Sinha


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Winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Prize

A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. This book is a comprehensive new history of the abolition movement in a transnational context. It illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe.

Honors include:
  • Longlist title for the 2016 National Book Awards Nonfiction category
  • Winner of the 2017 Best Book Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Winner of the 2016 Avery O. Craven Award given by the Organization of American Historians
  • Honorable Mention in the U.S. History category for the 2017 American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE)
  • Winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University
  • 2017 James A. Rawley Award for the Best Book on Secession and the Sectional Crisis published in the last two years, Southern Historical Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300227116
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 242,193
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Manisha Sinha is Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut, and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, among several others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xiii

Introduction: The Radical Tradition of Abolition 1

Part I The First Wave

1 Prophets Without Honor 9

2 Revolutionary Antislavery in Black and White 34

3 The Long Northern Emancipation 65

4 The Anglo-American Abolition Movement 97

5 Black Abolitionists in the Slaveholding Republic 130

6 The Neglected Period of Antislavery 160

Part II The Second Wave

7 Interracial Immediatism 195

8 Abolition Emergent 228

8 The Woman Question 266

10 The Black Man's Burden 299

11 The Abolitionist International 339

12 Slave Resistance 381

13 Fugitive Slave Abolitionism 421

14 The Politics of Abolition 461

15 Revolutionary Abolitionism 500

16 Abolition War 543

Epilogue: The Abolitionist Origins of American Democracy 586

Notes 593

Illustration Credits 733

Index 737

Illustrations follow page 192

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