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The Abolitionist Civil War: Immediatists and the Struggle to Transform the Union (Antislavery) (Hardcover)

The Abolitionist Civil War: Immediatists and the Struggle to Transform the Union (Antislavery) By Frank J. Cirillo, Richard J. M. Blackett (Editor), Edward Bartlett Rugemer (Editor) Cover Image
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Finalist for the 2024 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

The astonishing transformation of the abolitionist movement during the Civil War proved enormously consequential both for the cause of abolitionism and for the nation at large. Drawing on a cast of famous and obscure figures from Frederick Douglass to Moncure Conway, Frank J. Cirillo's The Abolitionist Civil War explores how immediate abolitionists contorted their arguments and clashed with each other as they labored over the course of the conflict to create a more perfect Union. Cirillo reveals that immediatists' efforts to forge a morally transformed nation that enshrined emancipation and Black rights shaped contemporary debates surrounding the abolition of slavery but ultimately did little to achieve racial justice for African Americans beyond formal freedom.

About the Author


Frank J. Cirillo is a historian of slavery and antislavery in the nineteenth-century United States. He has held positions at the University of Bonn, The New School, and the University of Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807179154
ISBN-10: 0807179159
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2023
Pages: 330
Language: English
Series: Antislavery