The Magnificent Activist

Paperback | July 6, 2000

byHoward Meyer, Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson is little known today, but during his own lifetime his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of the pivotal social movements reshaping America for the nineteenth century and beyond. Born in Cambridge, he was a fervent abolitionist, running guns to anti-slavery settlers and financing John Brown's raid. During the Civil War, he commanded the first black unit to fight for the Union, and their achievements (publicized in his classic Army Life in a Black Regiment) opened the way for further black enlistment. He also championed women's rights for sixty years, lecturing and agitating for suffrage. His lifelong correspondence with Emily Dickinson led to his editing her verse for publication, which some have called his greatest literary legacy. But in fact that legacy is here, in the essays he wrote about the many causes to which he dedicated his life. With this volume Meyer has guaranteed the rediscovery of a major American figure whose ideas made him a radical in his society but a visionary in ours.

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 With our enlightened sense of justice and morality, we can now appreciate the true courage and brilliance of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. This revolutionary thinker was a passionate abolitionist and supplied guns to anti-slavery traders. During the Civil War, he commanded the first black unit to see battle and passionately lobbied for ...

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson is little known today, but during his own lifetime his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of the pivotal social movements reshaping America for the nineteenth century and beyond. Born in Cambridge, he was a fervent abolitionist, running guns to anti-slavery settlers and financing John Brown's raid....

Howard N. Meyer is the author of numerous articles on civil rights and peace history. Books he edited include the 1962 and 1984 editions of Higginson's Army Life in a Black Regiment and a biography of Higginson, Colonel of the Black Regiment and a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. His book The Amendment That Refused to Die was nominated f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.64 inPublished:July 6, 2000Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306809540

ISBN - 13:9780306809545

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 With our enlightened sense of justice and morality, we can now appreciate the true courage and brilliance of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. This revolutionary thinker was a passionate abolitionist and supplied guns to anti-slavery traders. During the Civil War, he commanded the first black unit to see battle and passionately lobbied for open enlistment. He also tirelessly fought for women’s suffrage and lectured frequently for the cause. The Magnificent Activist: The Writings of Thomas Wentworth Higginson: 1823-1911 is the remarkable story of a truly brilliant human being.