The Slave's Cause: A History Of Abolition

Hardcover | February 23, 2016

byManisha Sinha

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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.

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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. Manish...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:784 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.94 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030018137X

ISBN - 13:9780300181371

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"This comprehensive history of abolition in the US provides long overdue coverage of one of the country’s foundational radical reform movements, initiating the US commitment to the principle of human rights. Original in conceptualization and primary research, the book covers the breadth of abolition from the 17th century to the aftermath of slavery’s eradication by the Thirteenth Amendment, and touches briefly on the movement’s legacies today. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice