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Making Slavery History – Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Margot Minardi


This book examines how practices of commemoration and arguments about history informed early American debates over slavery and citizenship. The setting is a time and place in which people were hyperconscious of their role as historical actors and narrators: Massachusetts in the period between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Drawing on a rich and varied source base, the narrative traces how historical memory was implicated in three different forms of emancipation: the construction of a “free” national identity; the abolitionist movement against chattel slavery; and the fight for full ... More

Keywords: commemoration, history, slavery, citizenship, Massachusetts, American Revolution, memory, abolitionist, people of color

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margot Minardi, author
Reed College

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