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William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform by Enrico Dal Lago (review)

William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform by Enrico... b o o k rev i ews William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform. By Enrico Dal Lago. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. Pp. 269. Cloth, $42.50.) This thought-provoking comparative biography joins recent works by Timothy Roberts, Caleb McDaniel, and others that internationalize the genesis of the American Civil War. Enrico Dal Lago juxtaposes the parallel and occasionally connected lives of North America's most celebrated abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, and Italy's iconic democratic nationalist, Giuseppe Mazzini. Dal Lago methodically examines these agitators' activities within their own milieus and beyond their nation's boundaries. His chapters offer specific comparisons of the two men's contexts and agendas, but overall, the book's most lasting impression is its broad-brush portrait of the liberal ideals, nationalist commitments, and cosmopolitan sentiments that energized these transatlantic radicals. Garrison sought to cleanse the American republic by removing its sin of slavery through peaceful moral suasion; Mazzini aimed to liberate Italians from monarchy and foreign rule through a violent republican insurrection. Despite their different contexts and ideological groundings, they believed their projects of national regeneration were allied. "We shared the same hostility to every form of tyranny," Garrison wrote in a posthumous http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform by Enrico Dal Lago (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 5 (1) – Feb 5, 2015

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b o o k rev i ews William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform. By Enrico Dal Lago. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. Pp. 269. Cloth, $42.50.) This thought-provoking comparative biography joins recent works by Timothy Roberts, Caleb McDaniel, and others that internationalize the genesis of the American Civil War. Enrico Dal Lago juxtaposes the parallel and occasionally connected lives of North America's most celebrated abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, and Italy's iconic democratic nationalist, Giuseppe Mazzini. Dal Lago methodically examines these agitators' activities within their own milieus and beyond their nation's boundaries. His chapters offer specific comparisons of the two men's contexts and agendas, but overall, the book's most lasting impression is its broad-brush portrait of the liberal ideals, nationalist commitments, and cosmopolitan sentiments that energized these transatlantic radicals. Garrison sought to cleanse the American republic by removing its sin of slavery through peaceful moral suasion; Mazzini aimed to liberate Italians from monarchy and foreign rule through a violent republican insurrection. Despite their different contexts and ideological groundings, they believed their projects of national regeneration were allied. "We shared the same hostility to every form of tyranny," Garrison wrote in a posthumous

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 5, 2015

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