Monday, February 28, 2005

The first international human rights movement

Reading "Bury the Chains" by Adam Hochschild, an account of the campaign for the abolition of slavery. In a gripping first chapter, Hochschild quotes "the first and greatest student of what we now call civil society" Alexis de Tocqueville: "[The campaign was] absolutely without precendent ... If you pore over the histories of all peoples, I doubt that you will find anything more extraordinary."

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