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Susan S. Williams
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 8/31/2006

James Redpath and the Promotion of Social Justice in America

This cultural study of James Redpath (1833-91) recovers important details about his career, including his abolitionist work, magazine and newspaper editing, book publishing, formation of a national speakers' bureau, and his work with Haitian emigration. This work of recovery, in turn, locates Redpath at the intersection of three key historical and literary movements in nineteenth-century America: the transition in Civil War memory from emancipation to unification; the continued growth of transatlantic radicalism; and the rise of mass media and literary professionalism. As a self-styled "crusader of freedom," Redpath helps to tell a crucial story about our past: how the emerging tools of mass media could be used to promote social justice.