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Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest , and: Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan (review)

Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest , and: Antebellum Women:... natural law, as well as Cicero's claim that an immoral law cannot be valid, to attack the legitimacy of slavery. The distance between these two positions, and the disparate elements of classical antiquity used to justify them, are telling, for they reveal the multitudinous ways in which classical texts, motifs, and exemplars might be marshaled in modern arguments--arguments that would have been incomprehensible to Greek and Roman authors themselves. Ultimately, the story that Richard tells in this book is one of ambivalence, as embedded assumptions of fundamental continuity with the classical past were challenged by assertions of radical break from that past. This book is a welcome addition to the discipline, one that will reward specialists, scholars in related fields, and an interested wider reading public with both the wealth of material it collects and the lightness of touch with which it presents that material. Ca m Gre y is assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the ways in which Roman motifs, exemplars, and practices have been adapted and adopted in contemporary American political, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest , and: Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 32 (2) – May 5, 2012

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Abstract

natural law, as well as Cicero's claim that an immoral law cannot be valid, to attack the legitimacy of slavery. The distance between these two positions, and the disparate elements of classical antiquity used to justify them, are telling, for they reveal the multitudinous ways in which classical texts, motifs, and exemplars might be marshaled in modern arguments--arguments that would have been incomprehensible to Greek and Roman authors themselves. Ultimately, the story that Richard tells in this book is one of ambivalence, as embedded assumptions of fundamental continuity with the classical past were challenged by assertions of radical break from that past. This book is a welcome addition to the discipline, one that will reward specialists, scholars in related fields, and an interested wider reading public with both the wealth of material it collects and the lightness of touch with which it presents that material. Ca m Gre y is assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the ways in which Roman motifs, exemplars, and practices have been adapted and adopted in contemporary American political, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: May 5, 2012

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