Bury The Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves (Paperback)
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History
A National Book Award Finalist
A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
In early 1787, twelve men—a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery—came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grassroots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.
“Bury the Chains is by far the most readable and rounded account we have of British antislavery, a campaign that...helped to change the world and can be seen as a prototype of the modern social justice movement”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.
“Bury the Chains is a thrilling, substantive, and oftentimes raw work of narrative history.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR's “Fresh Air” “Hochschild has crafted a powerfully inspiring tale . . . A chronicle of a rare and radiant victory.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “A brilliantly told tale, at once horrifying and pleasurable to read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Bury the Chains is a vital testament to difficult hope.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune “A superb account . . . a witty, wonderfully readable narrative. Grade: A.” —Entertainment Weekly “A moral text with the dramatic power of a great epic novel.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch “There are few books that that could serve as a required and much-loved text for a high school history class and also a compelling Sunday afternoon read for anyone. This is one of those books.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Bury the Chains is by far the most readable and rounded account we have of British anti-slavery.” —Los Angeles Times “One quickly runs out of superlatives when praising this book.” —Christian Science Monitor “Terrifically readable . . . inspiring.” —San Jose Mercury News “Hochschild has a knack for vivid portraits, and an eye for arresting detail.” —Boston Globe —