D. Laurence Rogers is a freelance journalist and
historian who has received awards from the American
Political Science Association, the Associated Press,
and United Press International. He is th...
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Apostles of Equality
The Birneys, the Republicans, and the Civil War
The first biographical account of the life
of James Gillespie Birney
in more than fifty years, this fabulously insightful history
illuminates and elevates an all-but-forgotten figure whose political
career contributed mightily to the American political fabric. Birney
was a southern-born politician at the heart of the antislavery
movement, with two southern-born sons who were major generals
involved in key Union Army activities, including the leadership of
the black troops. The interaction of the Birneys with historical
figures (Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Clay)
highlights the significance of the family’s activities in politics
and war. D. Laurence Rogers offers a unique historiography of the
abolition movement, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the
experiences of one family navigating momentous developments from the
founding of the Republic until the late 19th century.
b&w photos, notes, references, indexworld
250 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", October 2011