As Brookhiser fully appreciates—he does not equivocate or run from the truth—Lincoln was no radical, no abolitionist.
Until the 1830s, free blacks were barred from most abolitionist societies.
Free black Americans, he insists, played the crucial role of bringing British abolitionist pressure to bear on America.
The possibility of error became the central argument in the abolitionist brief.
How common was it for Quakers from England to face the abolitionist dilemma during the period before the Civil War?
He fancied he was one of the abolitionist group that had followed Anthony Burns to the last.
Because of her reputation as an abolitionist, she had much resistance to overcome in the South.
"My father was not an abolitionist, sir," said Stephen, smiling.
The abolitionist papers were at first sent all over the South.
The abolitionist with relentless gospel even of war on the Constitution was altogether too radical for the general mind.