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The firewall that has long marginalized abolitionists beyond the mainstream is breaking down. The old cliches about abolitionists representing a “tiny minority” who were hunted down in the northern streets are crumbling. A new generation of historians is recovering the close relationship between radical abolitionism and the “broader antislavery movement” and the profound influence radicals had on antislavery politics. The result is a much more satisfactory account of the origins of the Civil War.


Civil War and Reconstruction General and Historiography

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