Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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As everyone who has undertaken a major research and writing project knows, the completed book would never have been possible without support and critical feedback from colleagues, friends, librarians, family ...
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In 1874, John Greenleaf Whittier, one of the poets of the abolitionist movement, contributed an article to the Atlantic Monthly in which he recalled the founding of ...
RITUAL REMEMBRANCES I: The Dissolution of the Antislavery Societies
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In 1865, only weeks after the Civil War’s end, reform, religious, and benevolent organizations held their annual meetings in New York City. Long one of the high points of the benevolent and reform calendar, Anniversary ...
CHAPTER 1: The First Recollections
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When Harper’s editor George W. Curtis described the 1865 debate within the American Anti-Slavery Society over the question of disbandment, he saw the success of those wishing to continue the Society as ...
CHAPTER 2: Fugitives as Part of Abolitionist History
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In 1870 and 1871, Harper’s Weekly featured an advertisement for plaster statuary suitable for display in genteel parlors. The piece pictured, created by the popular sculptor John Rogers, was called ...
RITUAL REMEMBRANCES II: Reunions
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Soon after the antislavery societies disbanded, abolitionists began to gather to commemorate their long years in the antislavery struggle, to regain the sense of camaraderie that reform commitments had once provided, and to ...
CHAPTER 3: “Nigger Thieves”: Whites and the Underground Railroad
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As William Still was completing The Underground Rail Road, he received a letter inquiring whether his book would include accounts of Underground Railroad activities in Illinois and Missouri, stories the writer ...
CHAPTER 4: Defending the Past: The 1880s
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In 1887, a story titled “Mrs. Stowe’s ‘Uncle Tom’ at Home in Kentucky” appeared in Century magazine. An illustration showing a slave owner reaching into his pocket for coins for three black boys captured the spirit ...
RITUAL REMEMBRANCES III: The Last Gatherings
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December held a special place in the prewar antislavery calendar. It was during this month in ....
CHAPTER 5: The Remembrance Is Like a Dream: Reminiscences of the 1890s
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Surviving abolitionists who had hoped to eliminate both slavery and racial prejudice and also to provide free blacks with civil rights must have found the 1890s a depressing ...
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Mary Grew had never undertaken to write the story of her life. But she did compose the history of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and participate in the process of collective reminiscences when she attended ...
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Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 11 illus.
Publication Year: 2008