David Ruggles (1810-1849) used to be essentially the most heroic--and has been the most frequently overlooked--figures of the early abolitionist move in the United States. Graham Russell Gao Hodges presents the 1st biography of this African American activist, author, writer, and hydrotherapist who secured liberty for greater than 600 former bond humans, the main well-known of whom was once Frederick Douglass. A forceful, brave voice for black freedom, Ruggles mentored Douglass, Sojourner fact, and William Cooper Nell within the abilities of antislavery activism. As a founding father of the hot York Committee of Vigilance, he endorsed a "practical abolitionism" that integrated civil disobedience and self-defense with a view to protect the rights of self-emancipated enslaved humans and to guard loose blacks from kidnappers who could promote them into slavery within the South.
Hodges's narrative locations Ruggles within the fractious politics and society of recent York, the place he moved one of the maximum ranks of nation leaders and spoke up for universal black New Yorkers. His paintings at the Committee of Vigilance encouraged many upstate big apple and New England whites, who allied with him to shape a community that turned the Underground Railroad.
Hodges's portrait of David Ruggles establishes the abolitionist as an important hyperlink among disparate groups--male and feminine, black and white, clerical and secular, elite and rank-and-file--recasting the historical past of antebellum abolitionism as a extra built-in and cohesive move than is frequently portrayed.
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