Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution

Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution

by Barbara F. Berenson


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Boston's black and white abolitionists forged a second American revolution dedicated to ending slavery and honoring the promise of liberty made in the Declaration of Independence. Before the war, Bostonians were bitterly divided between those who supported the Union and those opposed to its endorsement of slavery. The Fugitive Slave Act brought the horrors of slavery close to home and led many to join the abolitionists. March to war with Boston's brave soldiers, including the grandson of Patriot Paul Revere and the Fighting Irish. The all-black Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment battled against both slavery and discrimination, while Boston's women fought tirelessly against slavery and for their own right to be full citizens of the Union. Join local historian and author Barbara F. Berenson on a thrilling and memorable journey through Civil War Boston.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609499495
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: Civil War
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara is the author of "Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism," an official guide of Boston's Freedom Trail Foundation. She is co-editor of "Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts." Barbara is a senior attorney for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She is available to give Boston talks and tours about Boston and the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 The Birth of Abolitionism 11

2 Firebrands of Liberty 25

3 Stark Mad Abolitionists 41

4 The Lexington of 1861 63

5 Touched with Fire 81

6 The Dawn of the Women's Rights Revolution 97

7 The Fighting Irish 115

8 Emancipation! 127

9 Black Soldiers and Citizens 143

10 A New Birth of Freedom 159

Notes 173

Bibliography 181

Index 187

About the Author 191

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