Prophets of Protest Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism

ISBN-10: 1565848802
ISBN-13: 9781565848801
Edition: 2006
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 5/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The first collection of original contributions on American abolitionism to appear in a generation. The campaign to abolish slavery in the United States was the most powerful and effective social movement of the nineteenth century and has served as a recurring source of inspiration for every subsequent struggle against injustice. But the abolitionist story has traditionally focused on the evangelical impulses of white, male, middle-class reformers, obscuring the contributions of many African Americans, women, and others. Prophets of Protest, the first collection of writings on abolitionism in more than a generation, draws on an immense new body of research in African American studies, literature, art history, film, law, women's studies, and other disciplines. The book incorporates new thinking on such topics as the role of early black newspapers, anti-slavery poetry, and abolitionists in film and provides new perspectives on familiar figures such as Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and John Brown. With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, Prophets of Protest is a long overdue update of one of the central reform movements in America's history.

John Stauffer has published numerous articles on photography and social reform in America, and is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Pew Program in Religion and American History, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. His forthcoming book, The Black Hearts of Men, won the 1999 Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American Studies from the American Studies Association. He is Assistant Professor of English, History and Literature at Harvard University.

Foreword
Introduction
Revisions
"Truth Systematised": The Changing Debate Over Slavery and Abolition, 1761-1916
Coming of Age: The Historiography of Black Abolitionism
Origins
Geographies of Liberty: A Brief Look at Two Cases
"A Chosen Generation": Black Founders and Early America
"Onward, Onward, Is Indeed the Watchword": James Forten's Reflections on Revolution and Liberty
John Brown Russwurm's Dilemma: Citizenship or Emigration?
"To Plead Our Own Cause": Black Print Culture and the Origins of American Abolitionism
Revolutions
"Willing to Die for the Cause of Freedom in Kansas": Free State Emigration, John Brown, and the Rise of Militant Abolitionism in the Kansas Territory
Regional Black Involvement in John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
Representations
A Common Nature, A United Destiny: African American Responses to Racial Science from the Revolution to the Civil War
"No Occurrence in Human History Is More Deserving of Commemoration Than This": Abolitionist Celebrations of Freedom
Print Culture and the Antislavery Community: The Poetry of Abolitionism, 1831-1860
Profits of Protest: The Market Strategies of Sojourner Truth and Louisa May Alcott
Creating an Image in Black: The Power of Abolition Pictures
Abolitionists in American Cinema: From The Birth of a Nation to Amistad
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Notes
Index

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