Video: Manisha Sinha on the Origins of Abolitionism

The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, by Manisha Sinha

“When we think of the Abolition movement, a common history textbook answer is that the Abolition movement began when William Lloyd Garrison started publishing his Liberator in 1831, but the roots of American abolitionism are fairly long, and you could go back to the Revolutionary era, when you had a few outstanding¬†Quaker abolitionists. But the movement itself really takes off in the 1830s.”—Manisha Sinha

In this brief video, Manisha Sinha, author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, discusses the origins of the Abolition movement in America. (running time 1:34)

Manisha Sinha on Abolition from The Gilder Lehrman Institute on Vimeo.