From Library Journal
Stewart's biography demonstrates that Phillips played a greater role in shaping the conflict over slavery than was previously understood. He traces the reformer's growth from Beacon Hill aristocrat to racial egalitarian and champion of free labor and women's rights, stressing the strong influence of Ann Phillips on her husband's career. Stewart deftly reconstructs exactly how Phillips, a matchless public speaker, got his effects and won his following. Phillips's painful differences with his beloved Garrison, his ambivalence over violence, his antipolitical style of politics, his relentless pressure on Lincoln, and his fight for the ballot for all are among the many themes explored in depth. Phillips emerges as one of the rare figures in American politics who earn the reader's deep respect. Milton Meltzer, New York
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About the Author
James Brewer Stewart is James Wallace Professor of History at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is the author of William Lloyd Garrison and the Challenge of Emancipation and several other works.
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