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 ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.
“Bury the Chains is a thrilling, substantive, and oftentimes raw work of narrative history.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR's “Fresh Air”
“Hochschild has crafted a powerfully inspiring tale . . . A chronicle of a rare and radiant victory.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A brilliantly told tale, at once horrifying and pleasurable to read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Bury the Chains is a vital testament to difficult hope.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“A moral text with the dramatic power of a great epic novel.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“There are few books that that could serve as a required and much-loved text for a high school history class and also a compelling Sunday afternoon read for anyone. This is one of those books.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Bury the Chains is by far the most readable and rounded account we have of British anti-slavery.” —Los Angeles Times
“One quickly runs out of superlatives when praising this book.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Terrifically readable . . . inspiring.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Hochschild has a knack for vivid portraits, and an eye for arresting detail.” —Boston Globe