Wendell Phillips: Liberty's Hero

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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.

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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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Stewart's biography demonstrates that Phillips played a greater role in shaping the conflict over slavery than was previously understood. He traces the reformer's growth from Beacon Hill aristocrat to racial egalitarian and champion of free labor and women's rights, stressing the strong influence of Ann Phillips on her husband's career. Stewart deftly reconstructs exactly how Phillips, a matchless public speaker, got his effects and won his following. Phillips's painful differences with his beloved Garrison, his ambivalence over violence, his antipolitical style of politics, his relentless pressure on Lincoln, and his fight for the ballot for all are among the many themes explored in depth. Phillips emerges as one of the rare figures in American politics who earn the reader's deep respect. Milton Meltzer, New York
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