New PDF release: Of One Blood: Abolitionism and the Origins of Racial

By Paul Goodman,Charles Sellers

The abolition circulate may be the main salient instance of the fight the USA has confronted in its lengthy and intricate war of words with the difficulty of race. In his ultimate publication, historian Paul Goodman, who died in 1995, offers a brand new and demanding interpretation of abolitionism. Goodman will pay specific realization to the function that blacks performed within the stream. within the half-century following the yankee Revolution, a large loose black inhabitants emerged, the results of state-sponsored emancipation within the North and person manumission within the slave states. whilst, a white stream took form, within the type of the yankee Colonization Society, that proposed to resolve the slavery query through sending the emancipated blacks to Africa and making Liberia an American "colony." The resistance of northern unfastened blacks used to be instrumental in exposing the racist ideology underlying colonization and encouraging early white abolitionists to assault slavery directly on. In a society suffused with racism, says Goodman, abolitionism stood aside through its embody of racial equality as a Christian imperative.

Goodman demonstrates that the abolitionist circulation had a miles broader social foundation than was once formerly proposal. Drawing on census and city files, his pix of abolitionists show the numerous contributions of normal voters, particularly employees and ladies lengthy overshadowed by means of well-known move leaders. Paul Goodman's humane spirit informs those pages. His booklet is a scholarly legacy that would improve the heritage of antebellum race and reform routine for years to come.

"[God] hath made up of one blood all international locations of guys for to reside on all of the face of the earth."—Acts 17:26

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