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Parker Pillsbury: Radical Abolitionist, Male…

Parker Pillsbury: Radical Abolitionist, Male Feminist

by Stacey M. Robertson

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The biography of the abolitionist who worked with William Lloyd Garrison, Abby Kelley Foster, Stephen S. Foster and other well known northern abolitionists. Unfortunately Pillsbury, probably the most radical and determined of them all, has been forgotten in the history of the movement. He spent his entire life on the road, speaking about slavery, and later the woman's movement, labor, public health and moral issues. He was often ostracized by others in the movement for his unwavering views, particularly against established religions which he felt belied all these ills. He also worked with Stanton and Anthony and was editor of their newspaper The Revolution.
The author brings him to life, showing the reader how determined and single-minded he was, to the detriment of his own health and his family life. He was willing to buck the leaders of the movements to which he belonged when he felt they were morally wrong which is very clear in the text. Working from his voluminous letters and his book Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles the author does an admirable job explaining Pillsbury's perfectionist views on these issues. Highly recommended for students of the abolitionist and suffrage movements of the mid-19th century. ( )
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Parker Pillsbury - one of the most important and least examined anti-slavery activists of the nineteenth century - was a man of intense contradictions. Was he a disruptive eccentric who lashed out at authority (proclaiming Lincoln the worst president in the nation's history) or a sensitive visionary committed to social justice?" "In the first full-length biography of this remarkable American, Stacey M. Robertson depicts a man who became a strong voice in the antebellum period. Criss-crossing the North, Pillsbury denounced slavery to all who would listen. In his travels, he endured the violent rage of mob opposition, but he also received the passionate support of fellow advocates. Pillsbury continued his radical crusade long after the Civil War, demanding equal rights for women, workers, and African Americans. Robertson reveals how Pillsbury - one of the nation's first male feminists - struggled to reject the notion of male dominance in his political philosophy, public activism, and personal relationships.… (more)

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