Subtitled New England's War Against Slavery: 1831-1863, this is a new and interesting sidelight on the Civil War to appear in this centennial year. It is a well-documented and readable account of the struggle of the New England abolitionists, who fought to awaken the nation to the monstrous injustice of slavery--and succeeded. Despite that group of historians who have reinterpreted the causes of the Civil War to find that slavery was not the real issue, it becomes apparent in these pages that nothing else could have roused an entire population to that fearsome extreme. When the first abolitionists began raising their voices in protest, they were jeered at, mobbed, persecuted, and sometimes even martyred. But because they were willing to die for their knowledge of the right, most of them lived to see it become a reality. They are all here: William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, John Quincy Adams, Wendell Phillips; even John Brown and Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as many other colorful and influential figures perhaps less widely remembered. Their struggles to awaken America's moral conscience, to protect and assist runaway slaves, to take political action, and finally to resist the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act by force if necessary provide a memorable concrete example of how a handful of men with an unswerving ideal can change the opinion and policy of an entire nation.