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"The Higher Court of Heaven": Dr. Henry Ingersoll Bowditch and Violent Abolition

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Author: Bever, Daniel
Advisor: Brown, Chandos Michael, 1954-
Committee Members: Ely, Melvin Patrick; Howard, Christopher, 1961-
Issued Date: 5/9/2011
Subjects: Abolition
Antebellum
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/13673
Description: This thesis analyzes the abolitionism of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch and the factors that drove him to join this movement. Chapters one through three elucidate the context of antebellum America, Bowditch's childhood, and his early adulthood. Chapter four explores how Bowditch's education under Pierre-Charles-Alexandre Louis introduced him to the medical revolution of empiricism. This experience -- which complemented the liberal tenor of his upbringing -- cemented a pragmatic, rather than a rigid, mindset in Bowditch. Chapters 6 and 7 discuss Bowditch's role as a leader in the Committee of Vigilance, a vigilante organization dedicated to protecting fugitive slaves. Chapter 8 describes the Boston Anti-Man-Hunting League, an association founded by Bowditch that aspired to hold slave hunters ransom for the freedom of fugitive slaves. Chapter 9 serves as a conclusion to the text. It asks the reader to rethink the relationship between radicalism and pragmatism within abolition and other reform movements.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in History


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