The Color Of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation

The Color Of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation by Linda Hirshman 132890024X 9781328900241
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The story of the fascinating, fraught alliance among Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Maria Weston Chapman--and how its breakup led to the success of Americas most important social movement

In the crucial early years of the Abolition movement, the Boston branch of the cause seized upon the star power of the eloquent ex-slave Frederick Douglass to make its case for slaves freedom. Journalist William Lloyd Garrison promoted emancipation while Garrison loyalist Maria Weston Chapman, known as "the Contessa," raised money and managed Douglasss speaking tour from her Boston townhouse.

Conventional histories have seen Douglasss departure for the New York wing of the Abolition party as a result of a rift between Douglass and Garrison. But, as acclaimed historian Linda Hirshman reveals, this completely misses the woman in power. Weston Chapman wrote cutting letters to Douglass, doubting his loyalty; the Bostonian abolitionists were shot through with racist prejudice, even aiming the N-word at Douglass among themselves. Through incisive, original analysis, Hirshman convinces that the inevitable breakup was in fact a successful failure.Eventually, as the most sought-after Black activist in America, Douglass was able to dangle the prize of his endorsement over the Republican Partys candidate for President, Abraham Lincoln. Two years later the abolition of slavery--if not the abolition of racism--became immutable law.

Author: Linda Hirshman

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 352

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2022-02-08


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