By Dorothy Sterling
Within the tumultuous years ahead of the Civil battle, a tender white lady from a Quaker historical past got here to include dedication to the reason for antislavery and equivalent rights for black humans. Abby Kelley turned the abolitionist movement’s leader money-raiser and organizer and its such a lot radial member. She traveled countless numbers of miles to evoke the rustic to the evils of slavery, braving complication and prejudice in addition to beginning the best way for different ladies, black and white, to take management roles. Now the total tale of this principled girl has been informed in Dorothy Sterling’s compelling biography.
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Ahead of Her Time: Abby Kelley and the Politics of Antislavery by Dorothy Sterling