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Colonel of the black regiment; the life of Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Author: Howard N Meyer
Publisher: New York, Norton [1967]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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"Thomas Wentworth Higginson was born in 1823 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Strongly influenced by the idealism of the New England Transcendentalists, he sincerely believed it was man's duty to improve and perfect the conditions of life for all mankind. As a young Unitarian minister he was an ardent supporter of abolitionist causes and women's rights. Higginson became a member of the Boston Anti-Slavery Vigilance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Meyer, Howard N.
Colonel of the black regiment.
New York, Norton [1967]
(OCoLC)560848303
Named Person: Thomas Wentworth Higginson; Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard N Meyer
ISBN: 999750707X 9789997507075 0448260328 9780448260327
OCLC Number: 633651
Description: xix, 346 pages illustrations, portraits 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Landfall --
Of Salem and the sea --
Cambridge, indoors and out --
Harvard --
A look around --
A continuing education --
Student for freedom --
Into the ministry --
On to Newburyport --
Out of the pulpit --
Free lance --
Shadrach, Sims, and on to Worcester --
Worcester and women's rights --
Burns and Butman --
Worcester days and nights --
Literature and life --
Fitness pioneer --
To Kansas for freedom --
A ride through Kansas --
"Negroes wanted--and for sale" --
An important undertaking --
Travelers and outlaws --
A walk to the post office --
Learn the alphabet? --
And the war came --
Entering the ranks --
The sable arm --
Black regiment meets white colonel --
Leaves from an officer's diary --
"We called him Bob" --
Negro life and history --
Exit fighting for equal pay --
New home in old port --
The Negro's hour--and woman's? --
Three women --
History for young and old --
Widower, husband, father --
Literature and a bit of politics --
A glimpse of Utopia --
Anti-imperialist --
Harder to solve than slavery --
Epilogue: end of a long journey.
Responsibility: [by] Howard N. Meyer. Illustrated with photos. and engravings.

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"Thomas Wentworth Higginson was born in 1823 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Strongly influenced by the idealism of the New England Transcendentalists, he sincerely believed it was man's duty to improve and perfect the conditions of life for all mankind. As a young Unitarian minister he was an ardent supporter of abolitionist causes and women's rights. Higginson became a member of the Boston Anti-Slavery Vigilance Committee and headed the group that literally broke down the Boston courthouse door in an effort to rescue Anthony Burns, a victim of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. As a member of the 'Secret Six' he was a friend and supporter of John Brown and the only one of the group who openly stood by Brown and his family after the raid on Harper's Ferry. During these years Higginson also became a well-known writer and lecturer. It was his Atlantic Monthly essay, 'Letter to a Young Contributor,' that inspired Emily Dickinson to send him some of her poems. His friendly advice and encouragement may well have saved her poetry for all of us. Higginson's greatest achievement came in 1862 when he was chosen to command the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first freed slaves allowed to fight in the Civil War. The now classic Army Life in a Black Regiment was Higginson's chronicle and tribute to the men in his command. Thomas Wentworth Higginson was a fascinating man of many careers, but it was because of his consistent obedience to the dictates of conscience, not often found today, that he stands out as a major American."--Jacket.

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