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Oberlin, Hotbed of AbolitionismCollege, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America$
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J. Brent Morris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618272

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618272.001.0001

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This Drama of Genuine Manhood and Courage

This Drama of Genuine Manhood and Courage

Oberlin and the Fight for Freedom

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(p.212) Chapter Nine This Drama of Genuine Manhood and Courage
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Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism
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J. Brent Morris

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina9781469618272.003.0010

This chapter describes the open and successful defiance of the Oberlinites towards federal authority and the Fugitive Slave Law, and their manipulation of the rescue episode into a triumphant propaganda. In Ohio and across the North, the flagging Republican Party embraced the Oberlin Rescuers, and in the process, the resulting injection of radicalism helped rescue the party from its drift toward conservatism and directed it down the path that would ultimately lead to a national policy of emancipation.

Keywords:   Oberlin, antislavery movement, abolitionist movement, Fugitive Slave Law, Republican Party, radicalism, emancipation

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