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Title The fortunate heirs of freedom : abolition & Republican thought / Daniel J. McInerney.
Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994.


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 232 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. "Bibliographical essay" (p. 213-221)
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-211) and index.
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Subject Antislavery movements -- United States.
Abolitionists -- Political activity -- United States.
Republicanism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States.
Genre History.
Contents Introduction -- The fine thread : the problem of Republican slavery -- Republican memories : the abolitionists' sense of history -- A faith for freedom : the political gospel of abolition -- Power, passion, and personality : abolition and American politics -- The costs of liberty : the abolitionist argument on political economy -- Declarations of independence : the language of liberty and the identity of the republic -- Conclusion : the Republican edge -- Bibliographic essay.
Summary Across lines of race, gender, religion, and class, abolitionists understood their reform effort in the same basic terms -- as part of a continuous struggle between the forces of power and the forces of liberty in which vigilant citizens battled tyranny and corruption, defending the independence and virtue upon which their fragile experiment in republican government depended. Focusing on that republican frame of reference, this book sheds new light on the historical imagination of the abolitionists, their views of politics and the marketplace, the relation between religion and reform, and the cultural critique embedded in abolitionism. The author convincingly argues that the reformers conceived of their work in more precise terms than historians have generally recognized; their concern lay specifically with the problem of slavery in a republic: "Abolitionists did not see themselves as antebellum reformers; theirs was a post-Revolutionary movement."--Back cover
Other Title Print version: McInerney, Daniel John, 1951- Fortunate heirs of freedom. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994 0803231725