Blind No More: African American Resistance, Free-Soil Politics, and the Coming of the Civil War

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Date: Feb. 2021
From: Journal of Southern History(Vol. 87, Issue 1)
Publisher: Southern Historical Association
Document Type: Book review
Length: 574 words
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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Blind No More: African American Resistance, Free-Soil Politics, and the Coming of the Civil War. By Jonathan Daniel Wells. Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019. Pp. xviii, 169. $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-5485-9.)

Blind No More: African American Resistance, Free-Soil Politics, and the Coming of the Civil War is a revised and expanded essay based on the Eugenia Dorothy Blount Lamar Lectures delivered by Jonathan Daniel Wells at Mercer University in 2017. Wells places fugitives from enslavement at the center of an emerging re-exploration of causes of the secession crisis and the outbreak of the Civil War. Drawing on the work of Stanley Harrold, Manisha Sinha, Richard J. M. Blackett, and others, Wells argues that fugitives from enslavement exacerbated the sectional conflict by demonstrating the impossibility of creating a clear division between a slaveholding South and a free North. Decades...

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