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Title:
Captain Charles Stuart, Anglo-American abolitionist
Author:
Barker, Anthony J.
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Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [1986]

©1986
Physical Description:
xi, 328 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780807112564
Format :
Book

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Charles Stuart, a retired English army officer, became one of the most effective galvanizers of abolitionist activity on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1830s. Because his letters and writings were scattered (Stuart lived on three continents and called no place home for long), and because in old age he alienated most of those who might have memorialized him, Stuart's career has remained unjustly obscure. In this first book-length biography, Barker (Western Australia) has carefully reconstructed Stuart's life, correcting many misconceptions about his early years. He has produced a convincing portrait of a difficult but sincere man whose religious fervor inspired Theodore Dwight Weld and Gerrit Smith, but whose attitudes ultimately stultified into an intolerance for opposing opinions. In addition to its insights on Stuart, Barker's study offers support for a theory of a provincially based, religiously oriented focus to British antislavery. Solid and judicious in its conclusions, this book is recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate readers.-P.F. Field, Ohio University