Beyond Garrison

Beyond Garrison

Antislavery and Social Reform

Book - 2005
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Why was Massachusetts one of the few Northern states in which African-American males enjoyed the right to vote? Why did it pass personal liberty laws, which helped protect fugitive slaves from federal authorities in the two decades immediately preceding the Civil War? Why did the Bay State at the time integrate its public facilities and public schools as well? Beyond Garrison, first published in 2005, finds answers to these important questions in unfamiliar and surprising places. Its protagonists are not the leading lights of American abolitionism grouped around William Lloyd Garrison, but lesser men and women in country towns and villages, encouraged by African-American activists throughout the state. Laurie's fresh approach trains the spotlight on the politics of such antislavery advocates. He demonstrates their penchant for third-party politics with a view toward explaining the relationship between social movements based on race, class, and nationality, on the one hand, and political insurgency, on the other.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780521844086
0521844088
9780521605175
0521605172
Branch Call Number: 326.809744
Characteristics: xix, 340 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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