SOURCE: The Conversation
How 18th C. Quakers Led a Sugar Boycott Against Slavery
by Julie L. Holcomb
"In the 1780s, British and American Quakers launched an extensive and unprecedented propaganda campaign against slavery and slave-labor products."
SOURCE: JStor Daily
Masculinity, Pacifism and Politics: Abolitionist Parker Pillsbury
"Pillsbury and other Garrisonians despised the romanticization of male violence, perhaps partly because they were on the receiving end of so much of it. They derided white southern men as drunkards with a tendency to use harsh violence against both enslaved people and white women."
SOURCE: New York Times
A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny
“Whatever we build in Downtown Brooklyn should rival the Statue of Liberty,” said Raul Rothblatt, who has fought to preserve the area’s history for nearly 20 years. He added: “But instead, the city is planning to build a dog park above where tunnels once connected abolitionist homes.”
SOURCE: New York Times
‘The Good Lord Bird’ Is Good TV. But Mix Art and Slavery at Your Peril
Critic Carvell Wallace writes of the new television adaptation of James McBride's novel that trying to make entertainment out of the subject matter of slavery is an impossibility in 2020.
An Abolitionist and the Christmas Tree
by John Buehrens
Christmas, in 1835 Boston, was not yet widely celebrated. New England’s Puritan heritage considered it “popish.”
The Fight against Climate Change Must Become the New Abolitionism
by Erik Curren
Why has it taken so long for the climate movement to accomplish so little? And, since the clock is ticking to curb runaway global heating, how can we do better in the future?
What You Don't Know About Abolitionism: An Interview with Manisha Sinha on Her Groundbreaking Study
by Robin Lindley
Her new book, "The Slave's Cause," rewrites the history of abolitionism.
Was Abolitionism a Failure?
by Jon Grinspan
The movement didn’t end slavery; the Civil War did.
SOURCE: The New Republic
A Kind Word for Ted Cruz: America Was Built on Extremism
by Michael Kazin
How unpopular opinions move history forward.
New Hampshire to consider honoring a 233-year-old petition from slaves seeking freedom
CONCORD, N.H. — When 20 slaves petitioned New Hampshire two centuries ago seeking their freedom, lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right and delayed action.Now, 233 years later, legislators in one of the nation’s whitest states have decided the time is right to consider the request. A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full body posthumously emancipate the 14 petitioners who never were granted freedom.Woullard Lett, a member of the Manchester NAACP, said it’s never too late to right a wrong....
"Django Unchained's" White Abolitionist Vision
by Stephen Kantrowitz
Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman in Django Unchained.No one could possibly mistake Quentin Tarantino for William Lloyd Garrison, but the director's Django Unchained nevertheless belongs to the tradition of antebellum white abolitionism. The film powerfully evokes a South, and a people, entirely under the sway of slaveholders' sadistic passions. This intellectual lineage explains why its depiction of slavery is so potent, and so wrong.
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