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November 1, 2005 Raymond Krohn wrote: >Although Garrisonians, for reasons moral and ideological, disavowed the political process, it does not follow that they were antipolitical. Indeed, their activism was fundamentally political and thoroughly politicized, and those activists constituted, in many respects, a partisan group (the Noble and Holy Order of Garrisonian Abolitionists has a nice ring). Garrisonian tactics are continually startling because they rejected the newly emergent white male driven and dominated politics of the second party system. Historians of the era rightfully judge universal manhood suffrage a significant development; contemporaries deemed the franchise a source of empowerment for qualified citizens; but Garrisonians, from strategic and principled disregard of prevailing sentiments, pursued a no-voting course and sought to influence others similarly. Put another way, white male Garrisonians undeniably understood the importance of the ballot, so much so, that they renounced its exercise. > They > registered political preferences in a different and more confrontational manner--by not formally participating. Their absence, it is contended, spoke and speaks volumes. Admirable, yes; naive, no; effective--well, that depends on the perspective of the historian. > >Best, > >Raymond Krohn >PhD Student >Department of History >Purdue University >firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > > >--------------------------------- > Yahoo! FareChase - Search multiple travel sites in one click. >
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