Book Reviews

Reviews for A Slave’s Cause:
“It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive history of the abolitionist movement. . . . [Sinha] has given us a full history of the men and women who truly made us free.”—Ira Berlin, New York Times Book Review

“A powerfully unfamiliar look at the struggle to end slavery in the United States. . . . The Slave’s Cause is as multifaceted as the movement it chronicles.”—Matthew Price, Boston Globe

“A stunning new history of abolitionism. . . . Placing abolitionism in its international context is just one of the great strengths of The Slave’s Cause. . . . [Sinha] plugs abolitionism back into the history of anticapitalist protest.”—Adam Rothman, Atlantic

“[A] prodigious work of scholarship. . . . Manisha Sinha has cemented in place the last stone in the scholarly edifice of the past half century that has rehabilitated the abolitionists’ reputation.”—James M. McPherson, New York Review of Books

“A powerful, ambitious  work of scholarship. The research is extraordinary. . . . Her prose is also careful and often elegant, her argument bold. . . . Sinha offers us a glimpse of a usable past: a diverse and inclusive story of abolitionism.”—Ari Kelman, Times Literary Supplement

“Manisha Sinha’s comprehensive and narrative-resetting new book gives readers their fullest and most readable account of America’s battle against slavery.”—Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor

“[Sinha’s] research is deep and wide-ranging, and she both reacquaints us with familiar historical figures and introduces us to those who may not be familiar. . . . In recent years the crucial roles of African-Americans in directing and sustaining the movement have been compellingly demonstrated. But no one has made the case as fully as has Sinha.”—Steven Hahn, Chronicle of Higher Education

“[The] long history of the fight to end slavery is brilliantly told in historian Manisha Sinha’s magisterial, The Slave’s Cause.”—Erik J. Chaput, Providence Journal

“This will be the definitive single volume on the history of abolition in the U.S. for the coming generation of scholars. . . . Sinha does what few historians could do—she challenges much of what we have thought about this important movement and essentially rewrites the way we should think of abolitionism.”—James J. Gigantino, American Historical Review

“A Revelatory History of Abolition,” by Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2016

“The Truth about Abolition,” by Adam Rothman, The Atlantic, April 2016

“The Slave’s Cause is a Thorough and Overdue Account of the Abolition Movement in the US,”Christian Science Monitor, February 16, 2016

“Brilliant History of America’s Fight to End Slavery,” by Eric J. Chaput, Providence Journal, August 4, 2016

“The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha, Book of the Week, Times Higher Education, May 19, 2016

“246 Years a Slave” by Ira Berlin, The New York Times, February 28, 2016

“The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition,” Rising Up With Sonali, May 23, 2016

“Dr. Manisha Sinha Points Perception of the Abolitionist Movement in Another Direction,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education May 27, 2016

“Abolitionism and the World It Made,” by Steven Hahn, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2016

“Who Freed the Slaves?” by Stephanie McCurry, The Nation, September 13, 2016

“Putting Blacks at the Center of Abolitionism in The Slave’s Cause,”The Boston Globe, February 20, 2016

“Book Credits Abolitionists for ‘Radical, Interracial Movement,’”Florida Courier, February 11, 2016 

Book Bag, Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition,Daily Hampshire Gazette,February 5, 2016

Reviews for The Abolitionist Imagination:

“An exceptional collection.” -Alexander Tsesis The Journal of American History

“A breathtaking range of intellectual inquiry.” -Jane Dailey Journal of Southern History

Reviews for The Counterrevolution of Slavery:

“The Counterrevolution of Slavery is a provocative revisionist history of slavery’s profound influence on politics and ideology in the vanguard of secession, making clear that the Confederates in the attic of antebellum South Carolina were the state’s political leaders, who said what they meant and meant what they said.” -Michael Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

“Likely to become the definitive account of antebellum political culture and ideology in South Carolina.”-Journal of American Studies

“Sinha’s book will create much excellent debate and her study should be required reading for historians of the United States.” -Journal of the Early Republic