Publications

BOOKS

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition
(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016) 
Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University
Avery O. Craven Award for Best Book on the Civil War Era, Organization of American Historians
Best Book Prize, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic
James A. Rawley Award for the Best Book on Secession and the Sectional Crisis published in the last two years, Southern Historical Association
National Book Award for Non Fiction, Long List
Honorable Mention in the U.S. History category for the American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE)
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Praise for A Slave’s Cause:
“Lucidly written, compellingly argued and based on exhaustive scholarship, The Slave’s Cause captures the myriad aspects of this diverse and far-ranging movement and will deservedly take its place alongside the equally magisterial works of Ira Berlin on slavery and Eric Foner on the Reconstruction Era. Ms. Sinha seems to have read just about everything ever written on the subject of antislavery, including diaries, broadsides, speeches and legal arguments by the famous and the obscure alike. It is a measure of her command of the material that even as she leads us through the deepest thickets of antebellum polemics she is rarely dull.”—Fergus Bordewich, Wall Street Journal

“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
“In emphasizing abolitionism’s long historical trajectory, its international perspective, and its interracial character, Sinha situates her story firmly within the most up-to-date trends in historical writing; and with her extensive research and broad command of the era, she has produced a work of high originality and broad popular appeal.”—Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
“A groundbreaking, brilliant book. The Slave’s Cause should be required reading for every scholar in the humanities and social sciences who is concerned with the American condition. It’s that important. No one does a better job describing how and why male and female, black and white abolitionists created the first civil rights movement.”—John Stauffer, Harvard University
“A marvelous book long needed! Manisha Sinha’s The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition presents a revolutionary narrative that gives black activism long overdue acknowledgment. At the same time, Sinha erases needless color lines, revealing the comprehensive nature of abolitionism.”—Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People
“Beginning with the actions and arguments of enslaved people, Manisha Sinha masterfully reconstructs the evolution of this international, interracial movement to rescue humanity from a predatory and expansionist unfree empire.”—Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Reviews of The Slave’s Cause:
“246 Years a Slave” by Ira Berlin, The New York Times, February 28, 2016
“A Revelatory History of Abolition,” by Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2016
 

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

“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
“Book Credits Abolitionists for ‘Radical, Interracial Movement,’” Florida Courier, February 11, 2016
The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 5, 2016
“The Black Roots of Abolition,” by Christine Mathias, Dissent Fall 2017 
“The Hidden History of Slavery,” by David S. Reynolds, Kenyon Review (May/June 2017) 
“Black Lives Mattered,” by Ari Kelman, Times Literary Supplement, December 7, 2016 
“America’s Greatest Movement” by James M. McPherson, New York Review of Books, October 27, 2016 
“The Road to Freedom,” by James Walvin, BBC History Magazine, July 1, 2016 
“The Radicalism of Abolitionist Radicals,” by Bruce Laurie Massachusetts Review


Book 5

The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

Finalist, Avery O. Craven Award for Best Book in the Civil War Era, Organization of American Historians

Finalist, George C. Rogers Award for Best Book on South Carolina history

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Praise for The Counterrevolution of Slavery:
“Finely written and compelling book, which early American, political and southern historians will not want to miss.” Lorri Glover, American Historical Review
“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

 

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Andrew Delbanco, With Commentaries by John Stauffer, Manisha Sinha, Darryl Pinckney, and Wilfred M. McClay, The Abolitionist Imagination
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012)
Reviewed in the New York Review of Books, June 2012
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Praise for The Abolitionist Imagination:
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Co-edited with Penny Von Eschen, Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race and Power in American History (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)
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Co-edited with John H. Bracey, Jr., African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the African Slave Trade to the Twenty First Century
Vol. I To 1877 & Vol. II From 1865 to the Present
(Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2004)
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