Angry Abolitionists and the Rhetoric of Slavery

Moral Emotions in Social Movements

  • Benjamin Lamb-Books

Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-20
  3. Moral Emotions in Social Movements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
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  4. Emotional Inequalities of Protest

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      Pages 121-121
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  5. Affect Matters

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      Pages 201-201
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-275

About this book


This book is an original application of rhetoric and moral-emotions theory to the sociology of social movements. It promotes a new interdisciplinary vision of what social movements are, why they exist, and how they succeed in attaining momentum over time. Deepening the affective dimension of cultural sociology, this work draws upon the social psychology of human emotion and interpersonal communication. Specifically, the book revolves around the topic of anger as a unique moral emotion that can be made to play crucial motivational and generative functions in protest. The chapters develop a new theory of the emotional power of protest rhetoric, including how abolitionist performances of heterodoxic racial and gender status imaginaries contributed to the escalation of the ‘sectional conflict’ over American slavery. 


Social movements Moral emotion Microsociological theory American history and culture Race and gender Slavery

Authors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Lamb-Books
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31345-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31346-7
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