Before the Civil War, slaveholders made themselves into the powerful, deeply rooted, and organized private interest group within the United States. This title explains how a small group of radical activists, the abolitionist movement, played a pivotal role in turning American politics against this formidable system.
JAMES BREWER STEWART is James Wallace Professor of History at Macalester College and author of Holy Warriors: Abolitionists and American Slavery and other works on the history of abolitionism.
"Jim Stewart is one of the foremost scholars of American abolitionism and the most astute analyst of the relationship between the abolition movement and party politics. In this remarkably coherent and cohesive volume of essays, he convincingly overturns the idea that the abolitionist movement was largely a white one, as well as the notion that abolitionism was marginal to political parties and did little or nothing to bring about secession and the eventual end of slavery." - John Stauffer, Harvard University "Abolitionist Politics and the Coming of the Civil War is not simply a useful work that could easily be incorporated into graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on abolitionism and African American history, it is also a statement of the remarkable work and career of one abolitionism's finest modern students." - Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College"
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