The Boston Gentlemen's Mob: Maria Chapman and the Abolition Riot of 1835

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Violent mobs, racial unrest, attacks on the press—it’s the fall of 1835 and the streets of Boston are filled with bankers, merchants and other “gentlemen of property and standing” angered by an emergent antislavery movement. They break up a women’s abolitionist meeting and seize newspaper publisher William Lloyd Garrison. While city leaders stand by silently, a small group of women had the courage to speak out. Author Josh Cutler tells the story of the Gentlemen’s Mob through the eyes of four key participants: antislavery reformer Maria Chapman; pioneering schoolteacher Susan Paul; the city’s establishment mayor, Theodore Lyman; and Wendell Phillips, a young attorney who wanders out of his office to watch the spectacle. The day’s events forever changed the course of the abolitionist movement.
ISBN: 9781467150910
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: True Crime
Images: 41
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Josh S. Cutler is the author of Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812 (The History Press, 2019). A graduate of Skidmore College, Suffolk Law and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (MPP), Cutler is an attorney and former newspaper editor. He currently serves in the Massachusetts state legislature, representing the Sixth Plymouth District. When he’s not hot on the trail of nineteenth-century abolitionist firebrands or Federalist agitators, Cutler enjoys photography, traveling, hiking and spending time with his children.
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