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 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.

Praise For…

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 superb account . . . a witty, wonderfully readable narrative. Grade: A.”
Entertainment Weekly

“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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780618619078
ISBN-10: 0618619070
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: February 10th, 2006
Pages: 496
Language: English