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Wendell Phillips

Liberty's Hero

356 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 8 halftones

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Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807123188 / August 1998

Throughout the Civil War era, no other white American spoke more powerfully against slavery and for the ideals of racial democracy than did Wendell Phillips. Nationally famous as “abolition’s golden trumpet,” Phillips became the North’s most widely hailed public lecturer, even though he espoused ideas most regarded as deeply threatening—the abolition of slavery, equality among races and classes, and women's rights. James Brewer Stewart’s study resolves this seeming paradox by showing how Phillips came to possess such extraordinary rhetorical gifts, how he used them to shape the politics of his times, and how he rooted them in his upbringing, marriage, and personal relationships. 

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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