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Law Breaking

Joseph P. Tomain

in Creon's Ghost: Law, Justice, and the Humanities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195333411
eISBN:
9780199868841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333411.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The Underground Railroad, the conductors that operated it, and the fugitive slaves that it transported constitute an essential story of the conflict between man's law and higher law; it is a story ... More


The Door to the Slave Bastille

David L. Lightner

in Slavery and the Commerce Power: How the Struggle Against the Interstate Slave Trade Led to the Civil War

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300114706
eISBN:
9780300135169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300114706.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

An organized, militant movement against slavery in America began in January 1831, when William Lloyd Garrison published the first issue of his new paper, the Liberator. He would also found the New ... More


The Domestic Slave Trade in America: The Lifeblood of the Southern Slave System

Steven Deyle

in The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103557
eISBN:
9780300129472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103557.003.0005
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter presents James G. Birney's statement of the status of slavery in the Upper South. In one of his first public appearances, at the second annual meeting of the American Anti-Slavery ... More


Abolition Poison and Southern Antidotes

Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

in Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195118094
eISBN:
9780199870936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118094.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter details the broader southern reaction to the abolition mail and petition campaigns crafted by the American Anti-slavery Society. Spreading alarm and producing a call for unity and ... More


William Lloyd Garrison at Two Hundred

James Stewart (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300136586
eISBN:
9780300152401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300136586.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879) was one of the most militant and uncompromising abolitionists in the United States. As the editor of the abolitionist paper Liberator and cofounder of the American ... More


Receptions of Rome in Debates on Slavery in the U.S.A.

Margaret Malamud

in Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198803034
eISBN:
9780191841774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803034.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine

American abolitionists not only invoked the Roman allusions and comparisons employed by the revolutionary generation’s fight for liberty from the British crown, but also adapted or subverted them in ... More


Fugitive Geographies: Rerouting the Stories of North American Slavery

Adams Rachel

in Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226005515
eISBN:
9780226005539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226005539.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the very different place of national borders in slave and neo-slave narratives about flight to Canada and Mexico. What these narratives reveal is that for fugitives eager to ... More


Racism as Opportunity in The Reconstruction Era

Susan L. Mizruchi

in The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807832509
eISBN:
9781469605678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887967_mizruchi.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the autobiography published by Harriet Jacobs during the beginning of the Civil War. The book recounted Jacobs' unusual experience of slavery; in particular, her ability, as a ... More


The Abolition Movement and the Problem of the Constitution

Daniel W. Crofts

in Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627311
eISBN:
9781469627335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627311.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Chapter One considers how abolitionists struggled to reconcile their hatred of slavery with the US Constitution, which most Americans understood to allow slavery in the states that wished to have it. ... More


Bearing Witness in Great Britain

D. H. Dilbeck

in Frederick Douglass: America's Prophet

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781469636184
eISBN:
9781469636191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636184.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes Douglass’s extended speaking tour of Great Britain following the publication of his first autobiography. It shows how Douglass’s time abroad helped solidify the core ... More


The House: Doughface

Matthew Mason

in Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628608
eISBN:
9781469628622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628608.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

This is the first of two thematic chapters covering Everett’s ten years in the House of Representatives. Centering on his first speech and his part in an 1828 debate over whether the federal ... More


The Tyrant's Grapple by Our Vote, We'll Loosen from Our Brother's Throat: Oberlin, Free Soil, and the Fight for Equal Rights

J. Brent Morris

in Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469618272
eISBN:
9781469618296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina9781469618272.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes how Oberlin abolitionists, despite their involvement in politics, remained true to the principal tenet of the original Liberty Party platform and even the 1833 “Declaration of ... More


John Brown, Jeremiad, and Jihad: Reflections on Religion, Violence, and America

John D. Carlson and Jonathan H. Ebel

in From Jeremiad to Jihad: "Religion, Violence, and America"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520271654
eISBN:
9780520951532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271654.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter narrates the militant abolitionist John Brown's infamous raid and dramatic capture at Harper's Ferry on October 6, 1859. Brown had led a band of twenty-one men, including three of his ... More


16

Gerda Lerner

in The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Women's Rights and Abolition

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807855669
eISBN:
9781469604879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807855669.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The agents of the American Anti-Slavery Society achieved great things. The number of abolition societies more than doubled between 1835 and 1837. Petitioning was a huge part of their work. The ... More


The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860

Calvin Schermerhorn

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300192001
eISBN:
9780300213898
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300192001.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Businesses that financed, traded, and transported enslaved people chart the progress of nineteenth-century American capitalism more strikingly than any other enterprise. Drawing on history, ... More


Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire

Carla J. Mulford

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199384198
eISBN:
9780199384211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

A literary biography of Franklin’s writings on the British Empire and its relationship to the British North America, this book assesses Franklin’s intellectual life by examining his writings on ... More


"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition": Mississippi's Longest Civil War

Victoria E. Bynum

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627052
eISBN:
9781469628011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after ... More


Mashpee to Washington Street { 1837–1839 }

Philip F. Gura

in Life of William Apess, Pequot

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469619989
eISBN:
9781469623207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619989.003.0007
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter focuses on William Apess's life as a lecturer in lower Manhattan, the working-class section of New York City, during the period 1837–9. Buoyed by the Mashpee Indians' success before the ... More


A Bible House Divided

John Fea

in The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780190253066
eISBN:
9780190253097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, History of Christianity

This chapter explores the role that the American Bible Society (ABS) played in the American Civil War. It begins with the ABS position on slavery and its inability to distribute Bibles directly to ... More


The Cult of Nineteenth-Century Black Womanhood

Donna Aza Weir-Soley

in Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033778
eISBN:
9780813039008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033778.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The difference/deviance model in which black women were portrayed in Europe as both grotesque and fascinating, repulsive and yet so strangely compelling that Europeans would go to great lengths to ... More


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