The Antislavery Rank and File: A Social Profile of the Abolitionists' Constituency


Magdol, author of earlier studies of Owen Lovejoy (1967) and the freedmen's community (1977), died shortly before the completion of this study, which was readied for publication by his widow and a friend-colleague. Four chapters provide background. Four others analyze northeasterners (from selected communities) who joined antislavery societies or signed antislavery petitions during the 1830s, or who supported anti-Kansas-Nebraska Act petitions during 1854. These group studies shed light on the social and economic characteristics of the antislavery rank and file. In one instance, their partisan affiliations are illuminated as well, though the communities from which they sprang are not always evaluated. A final chapter offers the author's conclusions. One of the two appendixes deals with scholarship on antislavery supporters, the other with Magdol's methods. Such is the balance between the gnernal and the specific in this book that it will most likely appeal to upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." - Choice

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1986


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