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The Magnificent Activist - Howard Meyer

The Magnificent Activist

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780306809545
Number Of Pages: 640

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson is little known today, but during his own lifetime his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of the pivotal social movements reshaping America for the nineteenth century and beyond. Born in Cambridge, he was a fervent abolitionist, running guns to anti-slavery settlers and financing John Brown's raid. During the Civil War, he commanded the first black unit to fight for the Union, and their achievements (publicized in his classic "Army Life in a Black Regiment") opened the way for further black enlistment. He also championed women's rights for sixty years, lecturing and agitating for suffrage. His lifelong correspondence with Emily Dickinson led to his editing her verse for publication, which some have called his greatest literary legacy. But in fact that legacy is here, in the essays he wrote about the many causes to which he dedicated his life. With this volume Meyer has guaranteed the rediscovery of a major American figure whose ideas made him a radical in his society but a visionary in ours.

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introductionp. 1
Abolitionist and Champion of Civil Rightsp. 41
Not by Bread Alonep. 47
The School of Mobsp. 52
Obeying the Higher Lawp. 60
A Ride Through Kanzasp. 74
Assorted Lots of Young Negroesp. 101
The New Revolution: What Commitment Requiresp. 106
Why Back John Brown?p. 117
Miss Forten on the Southern Questionp. 124
Letter to the Editorp. 128
The South Carolina Blacksp. 130
Letter to The Nation: "The Case of the Carpet-baggers"p. 133
Southern Barbarityp. 136
Lydia Maria Childp. 138
William Lloyd Garrisonp. 155
Fourteen Years Laterp. 162
Colonel of the First Black Regimentp. 175
The Black Troops: "Intensely Human"p. 178
Negro Spiritualsp. 190
Camp Diaryp. 212
The Negro as Soldierp. 233
Grantp. 247
Memo from War of the Rebellionp. 260
Crusader for Women's Rightsp. 263
Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?p. 266
Who Was Margaret Fuller?p. 283
The Shadow of the Haremp. 303
The Pleasing Art of Self-Extinctionp. 306
Repression at Long Rangep. 309
The Fact of Sexp. 312
Womanhood and Motherhoodp. 315
"Chances"p. 318
Essayist as Activistp. 321
The Clergy and Reformp. 324
A New Counterblastp. 331
Scripture Idolatryp. 344
The Sympathy of Religionsp. 354
Public and Private Virtuesp. 375
"Tell the Truth"p. 378
More Mingled Racesp. 381
Edward Bellamy's Nationalismp. 384
The Complaint of the Poorp. 396
Where Liberty is Not, There is My Countryp. 399
How Should a Colored Man Vote in 1900?p. 402
Higginson Answers Captain Mahanp. 404
Naturalistp. 411
Water-Liliesp. 414
Snowp. 427
Oldport Wharvesp. 447
The Life of Birdsp. 457
The Procession of the Flowersp. 471
Critic as Essayistp. 483
Sapphop. 489
The Word Philanthropyp. 506
Unconscious Successesp. 515
Longfellow as a Poetp. 518
A Letter to a Young Contributorp. 528
Emily Dickinsonp. 543
The Sunny Side of the Transcendental Periodp. 565
The Literary Pendulump. 577
Henry James, Jr.p. 581
Bibliographyp. 587
Publishing Historyp. 591
About the Authorp. 596
Indexp. 597
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ISBN: 9780306809545
ISBN-10: 0306809540
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 4.04
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1