We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848 by Mischa HoneckWe Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848 by Mischa Honeck

We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848

byMischa Honeck

Paperback | March 15, 2011

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Widely remembered as a time of heated debate over the westward expansion of slavery, the 1850s in the United States was also a period of mass immigration. As the sectional conflict escalated, discontented Europeans came in record numbers, further dividing the young republic over issues of race, nationality, and citizenship. The arrival of German-speaking "Forty-Eighters," refugees of the failed European revolutions of 1848-49, fueled apprehensions about the nation's future. Reaching America did not end the foreign revolutionaries' pursuit of freedom; it merely transplanted it.

In We Are the Revolutionists, Mischa Honeck offers a fresh appraisal of these exiled democrats by probing their relationship to another group of beleaguered agitators: America's abolitionists. Honeck details how individuals from both camps joined forces in the long, dangerous battle to overthrow slavery. In Texas and in cities like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Boston this cooperation helped them find new sources of belonging in an Atlantic world unsettled by massive migration and revolutionary unrest.

Employing previously untapped sources to write the experience of radical German émigrés into the abolitionist struggle, Honeck elucidates how these interethnic encounters affected conversations over slavery and emancipation in the United States and abroad. Forty-Eighters and abolitionists, Honeck argues, made creative use not only of their partnerships but also of their disagreements to redefine notions of freedom, equality, and humanity in a transatlantic age of racial construction and nation making.

MISCHA HONECK is an assistant professor at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. PATRICK RAEL is a professor of history at Bowdoin College and one of the general editors of the Race in the Atlantic World, 1700–1900 series. His books include Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North and African-American Activism bef...
Title:We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.65 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820338230

ISBN - 13:9780820338231

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Entanglement Is Certain: 1848 and the Challenge to American Slavery
Chapter 2. A Firm Phalanx of Iron Souls: Free Men on Texas Soil
Chapter 3. The Only Freedom-Loving People of This City: Exiles and Emanicpators in Cincinnati
Chapter 4. Why Continue to Be the Humble Maid? A Transnational Abolitionist Sisterhood
Chapter 5. Let Us Break Every Yoke: Boston's Radical Democracies
Chapter 6. A Revolution Half Accomplished: Building Nations, Forgetting Emancipation


Editorial Reviews

In his engaging new book, Mischa Honeck explores the relationships that German refuges of the failed revolutions of 1848. . .formed with native-born abolitionists in the United States.

- Alison Clark Efford - Journal of American History