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By exploring the role of Oberlin--the college and the community--in fighting against slavery and for social equality, J. Brent 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. As the first college to admit men and women of all races, and with a faculty and community comprised of outspoken abolitionists, Oberlin supported a cadre of activist missionaries devoted to emancipation, even if that was through unconventional methods or via an abandonment of strict ideological consistency. Their philosophy was a color-blind composite of various schools of antislavery thought aimed at supporting the best hope of success. 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.

In this book, Morris shifts the focus of generations of antislavery scholarship from the East and demonstrates that the West's influence was largely responsible for a continuous infusion of radicalism that helped the movement stay true to its most progressive principles.

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. Chapter One: To Save the Godless West: Revivalism, Abolition, and the Founding of Oberlin
  2. pp. 12-39
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  1. Chapter Two: The Worthies of Oberlin: Antislavery Expansion in the Late 1830s
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. Chapter Three: A City upon a Hill: Utopian Oberlin
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. Chapter Four: A Hotbed of Abolitionism
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. Chapter 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. Chapter 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. Chapter Seven: We Must Watch and Improve This Tide: Oberlin Confronts the Slave Power, 1850–1858
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. Chapter Eight: That Railroad Center at Which All Branches Converged: Oberlin and the Underground Railroad
  2. pp. 187-211
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  1. Chapter 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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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469618296
Related ISBN(s)
9781469618272, 9781469618289, 9781469645599
MARC Record
OCLC
883631959
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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