Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves (Paperback)

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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve men -- a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery -- came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

About the Author

ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of seven books.King Leopold's Ghostwas a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recentTo End All Wars. HisBury the Chainswas a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780618619078
ISBN-10: 0618619070
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: December 2005
Pages: 468
Language: English