During the first half of the 19th century, Boston emerged as a hotbed of anti-slavery activism. In this course, we will explore the rich history of protest that took root there. From the publication of David Walker’s 1829 Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment marching to war in 1863, Bostonians played critical roles in combatting slavery. We will encounter the fiery journalist William Lloyd Garrison decrying the Constitution; Lewis Hayden threatening to explode his own Beacon Hill home to prevent bounty hunters from entering; the Women’s Anti-Slavery Society suing southern slaveowners in Boston; and the beleaguered Charles Sumner tearing his bolted desk from the Senate floor to fend off an assault. Readings will be drawn from an abundant collection of primary documents, enabling students to explore the essays, speeches, petitions, and actions that fueled the movement.