The Science of Abolition: How Slaveholders Became the Enemies of Progress

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Price
$32.50
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
Pages
344
Dimensions
6.5 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.46 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780300236804

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About the Author

Eric Herschthal is an assistant professor of history at the University of Utah. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, the Washington Post, and the New York Review of Books, among other publications.

Reviews

"A smart, wide-ranging and learned book which will reshape our understanding of science's role in the international movement against slavery."--Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge

"While recent historical literature has shown the complicity of the early science of man in the defense of slavery, Herschthal unearths an equally long intellectual tradition of antislavery science. This innovative book is timely, when science itself is under assault."--Manisha Sinha, author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

"A brilliantly written and engaging text that succeeds in complicating how prominently science was featured in the writings and lives of both abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates. Herschthal deftly centers black thinkers and leaders as they engaged with how science and scientific thinking could be utilized radically to help dismantle slavery."--Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology