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Beyond Garrison

Beyond Garrison
Antislavery and Social Reform


  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521844086

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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.

    • Political activism of African-Americans
    • Bi-racial politics
    • Significance of nativism
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521844086
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus. 1 map 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An experiment of immense consequences: from moral suasion to politics
    2. The . . . evil from a small party: the rise of the liberty party
    3. Our colored friends: Libertyism and the politics of race
    4. To favor the poorest and the weakest: Libertyism and Labor Reform
    5. Fifty thousand might have assembled: sources of free soilism
    6. Our own time: free soilers and labor reformers
    7. As easy as lying: complications of political reform
    8. Prejudices against us: the limits of paternalism
    9. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Bruce Laurie, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Bruce Laurie was born in Linden, NJ, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. He did post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, and has held teaching positions at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Warwick. Professor Laurie has been honored with fellowships from the Carnegie Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Antiquarian Society. He has travelled to Western Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. A member of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Asociation, his articles and reviews have appeared in numerous collections of essays, as well as Labor History, Journal of Social History, and Journal of American History. He is a member of the editorial committee of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, and is the co-editor of Class, Sex, and the Woman Worker (1979). He is also the author of Working People of Philadelphia, 1800–1850 (1980), and Artisans into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth-Century America (1989).

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