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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; Rev Sub edition (January 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080901596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809015962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The abolitionist movement, writes Stewart in this engaging study, grew out of a number of historical conditions in early American society. Fearful of secularism and materialism, and disdainful of the luxurious life of the upper class, evangelical Christians of varying ethnicity banded together to forge a religious revival called the Great Awakening. In the South these evangelicals, especially the Quakers, confronted slave-holding Anglicans. They steadily worked to convert pro-slavery individuals, and they were often successful. By recruiting escaped slaves to speak out publicly against "the peculiar institution," the abolitionists galvanized public opinion outside the South, leading to the sectionalism that would later find its ultimate expression in the Civil War. Stewart's account of the important role that women played in the abolitionist movement is of special interest.

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"A work of striking originality."--Richard H. Sewell, University of Wisconsin

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. Rosenau on July 31, 2000
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In this book, originally published in 1976, Stewart provides a basic history of the abolitionist movement beginning with the period of the American Revolution. While most think of abolition as a 19th-century movement, Stewart demonstrates that this period is also important in examining this movement. Many states, primarily in the North, found that the institution of slavery conflicted with the ideas of republicanism that they were using to defend their own rights. During the years following the Revolution, the Northern states abolished slavery either immediately through court decisions as in Massachusetts, or through gradual programs as in New York. The ideas of the Revolution also played an important role in antislavery movements throughout the 19th century.
In examining the 19th Century movement, Stewart focuses most of his book on the Antebellum period and shows the importance of religion and moral suasion in the movement. Stewart also examines how, as time progressed, the movement expanded into the political realm through third parties such as the Liberty and Free Soil parties and how the ideas of the abolitionists influenced the formation of the Republican Party in the mid-1850s. Divisions emerged over the extent to which the abolitionists should become involved in politics and parties corrupted by slaveholders.
The main weakness of this book, in my opinion is that the Civil War years are only briefly covered. It was during these years that the abolitionists were able to put the most pressure on the federal government to take action against slavery. It was also during these years that many of the goals of the abolitionist movement were met.
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A good book on the abolitionist movement in the years before and leading up to the civil war. Covers most of the rank and file members making up the various groups involved in the anti-slavery struggle.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2013
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A Southern Senator said that all the blood spilled by White people to free slaves, he could 'mop up with a hankchief' - this is why he was wrong. This is why Northerners were willing to fight and die, Abolition became a religious cause. For religious moral cause people will do anything, die and be willing to kill others. If you are interested in the Civil War or someone that teaches U.S. History for a living this is a must read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By invisibledogg on December 16, 2011
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Love it! The book looks very new and it is useful for my class. I can't wait to read this book, Holy Warriors!
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