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Young Charles Sumner and the legacy of the American Enlightenment, 1811-1851

Author: Anne-Marie Taylor
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2001.
Dissertation: Based on the author's dissertation.
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"An outspoken abolitionist, a founder of the Free Soil and Republican parties, and a leading member of the U.S. Senate for more than twenty years, Charles Sumner (1811-1874) has always figured prominently in histories of the American Civil War. For the most part, however, he has been depicted as a psychologically troubled extremist, a fanatical opponent of slavery whose self-righteousness was matched only by his
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Taylor, Anne-Marie, 1964-
Young Charles Sumner and the legacy of the American Enlightenment, 1811-1851.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2001
(OCoLC)606750823
Named Person: Charles Sumner; Charles Sumner; Charles Sumner; Charles Sumner
Material Type: Biography, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne-Marie Taylor
ISBN: 155849300X 9781558493001
OCLC Number: 46959837
Description: xv, 422 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: "O! for some retreat where the mind & not its appetites can be fed" --
Father and son --
The jurist --
The grand tour --
De Profundis --
Part 2: "Be not atticus" --
The true grandeur of civilization --
"The vinegar of party" --
Revolution --
"Dies IrÆ" --
"Bound for Washington."
Responsibility: Anne-Marie Taylor.

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"An outspoken abolitionist, a founder of the Free Soil and Republican parties, and a leading member of the U.S. Senate for more than twenty years, Charles Sumner (1811-1874) has always figured prominently in histories of the American Civil War. For the most part, however, he has been depicted as a psychologically troubled extremist, a fanatical opponent of slavery whose self-righteousness was matched only by his arrogance.".

"This book challenges that long-standing view, offering in its stead the portrait of a man animated more by principle than by impulse or ambition. According to the author, Sumner's reform-minded politics, including his fervent commitment to put an end to slavery, must be understood in the context of a young nation still struggling to live up to the Enlightenment ideals embraced by its founders and embodied in its Constitution." "Focusing on the first forty years of Sumner's life, before he took public office, the volume traces the evolution of his character and thought among Boston's cultural elite."--BOOK JACKET.

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