Publisher description for Beyond Garrison : antislavery and social reform / Bruce Laurie.

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Why was Massachusetts one of the few Northern states in which African-American males enjoyed the right to vote? Why did it pass personal liberty laws, which helped protect fugitive slaves from federal authorities in the two decades immediately preceding the Civil War? Why did the Bay State at the time integrate its public facilities and public schools as well? Beyond Garrison finds answers to these important questions in unfamiliar and surprising places. Its protagonists are not the leading lights of American abolitionism grouped around William Lloyd Garrison, but lesser men and women in country towns and villages, encouraged by African-American activists throughout the state. Laurie's fresh approach trains the spotlight on the politics of such antislavery advocates. He demonstrates their penchant for third-party politics with a view toward explaining the relationship between social movements based on race, class, and nationality, on the one hand, and political insurgency, on the other.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Antislavery movements -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Abolitionists -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
African American abolitionists -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Massachusetts -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865.
Massachusetts -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Social movements -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Social reformers -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.