The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn't a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged and won in the field of democratic mass politics — a battle that holds enormous lessons for radicals today.
Matt Karp is an associate professor of history at Princeton University and a Jacobin contributing editor.
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