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The Abolitionist Imagination

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$28.00 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674064447

Publication Date: 04/09/2012


The lucidity of the prose and the relevance of the topic to today’s cultural divides may attract broader audiences.—Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

A brilliant, risky, provocative account of the changing historical reputation of abolitionists in America. Delbanco offers a timely take on just why this prototypical American reform movement never goes away as a template, as a useable past, as a story that can be appropriated by all ends of the political spectrum.—David Blight, author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

With his characteristic eloquence, Andrew Delbanco provides an interpretation of abolitionism, in history and literature, which challenges the received wisdom—and his four critics are up to the challenge. This splendid book demonstrates that the most successful radical movement in American history still retains its power to provoke and enlighten.—Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

Awards & Accolades

  • Andrew Delbanco Is a 2011 National Humanities Medal Winner
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