LEWIS HAYDEN AND THE WAR AGAINST SLAVERY by Joel Strangis

LEWIS HAYDEN AND THE WAR AGAINST SLAVERY

Age Range: 12 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first full-length biography of an escaped slave who became a leader in Boston’s African-American community, this brilliant combination of clear thinking, crisp writing, and carefully mapped research presents a picture of a man who was more doer than dreamer. Attributing Hayden’s low historical profile to the fact that he was neither a fiery orator nor an eloquent writer, Strangis reconstructs his life from a range of authoritative sources, giving him belated due as a militant abolitionist, a tireless conductor on the Underground Railroad who was instrumental both in making Boston too hot for slave catchers in the 1850s, and in the creation of Massachusetts’s renowned black military units during the Civil War. Hayden’s association with many leading abolitionists, from William Lloyd Garrison to John Brown, also provides opportunity for a good look at that movement’s various philosophies and methods; readers interested in the subject will find the appended bibliographical essay an enticing gateway to documentary material and recent books. An essential volume. (index, not seen, b&w reproductions, chronology, notes) (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1999
ISBN: 0-208-02430-1
Page count: 163pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999




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