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Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism
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By exploring the role of Oberlin--the college and the community--in fighting against slavery and for social equality, Morris establishes this "hotbed of abolitionism" as the core of the antislavery movement in the West and as one of the most influential reform groups in antebellum America. Though historians have embraced Oberlin as a potent symbol of egalitarianism, radicalism, and religious zeal, Morris is the first to portray the complete history behind this iconic antislavery symbol.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 16-19
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Facts Are Sometimes Stranger Than Fiction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. ONE: To Save the Godless West: Revivalism, Abolition, and the Founding of Oberlin
  2. pp. 12-39
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  1. TWO: The Worthies of Oberlin: Antislavery Expansion in the Late 1830s
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. THREE: A City upon a Hill: Utopian Oberlin
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. FOUR: A Hotbed of Abolitionism
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. FIVE: All the Truly Wise or Truly Pious Have the Same End in View: Oberlin and Abolitionist Schism
  2. pp. 108-131
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  1. SIX: The Tyrant’s Grapple by Our Vote, We’ll Loosen from Our Brother’s: Throat Oberlin, Free Soil, and the Fight for Equal Rights
  2. pp. 132-160
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  1. SEVEN: We Must Watch and Improve This Tide: Oberlin Confronts the Slave Power, 1850–1858
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. EIGHT: That Railroad Center at Which All Branches Converged: Oberlin and the Underground Railroad
  2. pp. 187-211
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  1. NINE: This Drama of Genuine Manhood and Courage: Oberlin and the Fight for Freedom
  2. pp. 212-238
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  1. EPILOUGE: Be Not Conformed to This World
  2. pp. 239-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-302
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 303-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-332
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