Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves

Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Nonfiction

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, by Adam Hochschild book cover, 2005
ISBN 9780618104697
Houghton Mifflin
Adam Hochschild, Photo credit: Mikhail Lenkhin author photo, 2005
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A thrilling account of the first grass-roots human rights campaign, which freed hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

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With stylish prose and complete command of the scholarship, Adam Hochschild tells the remarkable story of a small group of idealists who undertook the impossible task of abolishing slavery in the 18th century British Empire, and succeeded. This is popular history at its best, dramatic, colorful, and wise. It shows how courageous slaves and shrewd political activists overturned not just a way of life, but a way of thinking, igniting a political movement that is with us today in the worldwide struggle for human rights.

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