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Harriet Alonso reads from her new book:
"Growing Up Abolitionist: The Story of the Garrison Children"

February 11, 2003 at 7:30
Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives Reading Room
Alumnae Gym (Neilson Library), Smith College, Northampton, MA

Much has been written about the life of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), but relatively little attention has been paid to his wife, Helen Benson Garrison, and their seven children. In "Growing Up Abolitionist," Garrison's public image recedes into the background and the family's private world takes center stage.

The lives of the Garrison children were shaped within the context of the great nineteenth-century campaigns against slavery, racism, violence, war, imperialism, and the repression of women. As children, they became apprentices of these movements and grew up adoring their dissident parents. Collectively and individually, they carried on their parents' values in distinctive ways.

Growing up Abolitionist book jacket
Growing up Abolitionist by Harriet Alonso.

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