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We are overjoyed to invite you to a conversation between Kimberly Daniels Taws and Matthew Stewart as they chat about his latest book Emancipation of the Mind: Radical Philosophy, The War Over Slavery and The Refounding of America

Registration is free and we hope that you will be able to join this conversation live. If you cannot be virtually present for the conversation, please sign up anyway and we will send a link to you so that you can listen or watch the conversation at your leisure.

Matthew Stewart is an independent philosopher and historian who has written extensively about the philosophical origins of the American republic, the history of philosophy, management theory, and the culture of inequality. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, among other publications. In recent years he has lived in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, and is currently based in London. Learn more about Matthew on his website

His many books are also listed on The Country Bookshop website. The are available for purchase on the bookshop website or in the store.

Emancipation of the Mind: Radical Philosophy, The War Over Slavery and The Refounding of America is a story about a dangerous idea--one which ignited revolutions in America, France, and Haiti; burst across Europe in the revolutions of 1848; and returned to inflame a new generation of intellectuals to lead the abolition movement--the idea that all men are created equal.

In their struggle against the slaveholding oligarchy of their time, America's antislavery leaders found their way back to the rationalist, secularist, and essentially atheist inspiration for the first American Revolution. Frederick Douglass's unusual interest in radical German philosophers and Abraham Lincoln's buried allusions to the same thinkers are but a few of the clues that underlie this propulsive philosophical detective story. With fresh takes on forgotten thinkers like Theodore Parker, the excommunicated Unitarian minister who is the original source of some of Lincoln's most famous lines, and a feisty band of German refugees, philosopher and historian Matthew Stewart tells a vivid and piercing story of the battle between America's philosophical radicals and the conservative counterrevolution that swept the American republic in the first decades of its existence and persists in new forms up to the present day.

In exposing the role of Christian nationalism and the collusion between northern economic elites and slaveholding oligarchs, An Emancipation of the Mind demands a significant revision in our understanding of the origins and meaning of the struggle over slavery in America--and offers a fresh perspective on struggles between democracy and elite power today.

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The Country Bookshop

140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
+1 (910) 692-3211

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