Book cover for The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinhaby Manisha Sinha

Winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Prize

A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor.

Interview with the Author

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Manisha Sinha, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” (Yale UP, 2016)
1/6/17         64 min

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003 Slavery & Abolition in Antebellum America with Manisha Sinha
2/2/18         43 min

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142 Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition
7/11/17         58 min

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004 The Abolitionist Movement & More
2/12/16          41 min

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Episode 178: Manisha Sinha
6/15/20        70 min

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Episode 25: Manisha Sinha
11/16/20          42 min

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