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Lori D. Ginzberg - Professor of History and Women's Studies, Penn State University Park

Book Title: All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

Author: Henry Mayer

Book Description:

Perhaps it is ironic that an historian of women who is writing a biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton has chosen a book that is both by and about a man. But Henry Mayer's biography of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison raises compelling issues for all scholars, intellectuals, activists, and feminists. Mayer, a high school teacher, beautifully describes Garrison's life as an editor and movement leader, his passion for social justice, and his lifelong commitment to expressing the broadest possible principles -- whether in demanding the abolition of slavery, fighting against racism, or advocating women's rights. Although Mayer recognizes Garrison's flaws, he insists on his centrality to a tradition of American radicals who "epitomized the power of a social movement built upon thousands of individual acts of moral witness."

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