Bury the Chains Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

ISBN-10: 0618619070

ISBN-13: 9780618619078

Edition: 2005

Authors: Adam Hochschild

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A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller A Book Sense Selection "Extraordinary . . . One quickly runs out of superlatives when praising this book." -- Gerard DeGroot, Christian Science Monitor From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve men -- a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery -- came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last. "Bury the Chains is by far the most readable and rounded account we have of British antislavery, a campaign that, as the author rightly claims, helped to change the world and can be seen as a prototype of the modern social justice movement." -- Robin Blackburn, Los Angeles Times Book Review "A thrilling, substantive, and oftentimes raw work of narrative history. In its own fashion, it furthers the abolitionists' crucial work of lifting our moral blindness." -- Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's Fresh Air Adam Hochschild is the author of King Leopold's Ghost and Half the Way Home, among other works. He is a former commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and a cofounder of the magazine Mother Jones. Hochschild teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 2/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa and worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964. He began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Then he worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer, at Ramparts and Mother Jones, which he co-founded. He has also written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His first book, Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. His other books include The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves; and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. He teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Introduction: Twelve Men in a Printing Shop
World of Bondage
Many Golden Dreams
Atlantic Wanderer
Intoxicated with Liberty
King Sugar
A Tale of Two Ships
From Tinder to Flame
A Moral Steam Engine
The First Emancipation
"I Questioned Whether I Should Even Get Out of It Alive"
Am I Not a Man and a Brother?
A Place Beyond the Seas
"Ramsay Is Dead - I Have Killed Him"
"A Whole Nation Crying with One Voice"
An Eighteenth-Century Book Tour
The Blood-Sweetened Beverage
Promised Land
The Sweets of Liberty
High Noon in Parliament
War and Revolution
Bleak Decade
At the Foot of Vesuvius
Recoats' Graveyard
"These Gilded Africans"
Bury the Chains
A Side Wind
Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?
"Come, Shout o'er the Grave"
Epilogue: "To Feel a Just Indignation"
Where was Equiano Born?
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