Books: American Agitators

Two FRIENDS OF MAN (425 pp.]—Ralph Korngold—Little, Brown ($5).

They were as different as two men could be. William Lloyd Garrison was the son of a hard-drinking sailor, Wendell Phillips the son of a rich Boston lawyer. Garrison had picked up scraps of knowledge as a printer's devil, Phillips had been a Harvard dandy. Garrison wore the solemn look of a New England preacher, Phillips sported the manners of a worldly sophisticate.

Yet these two men formed the stiff-necked, tough-spirited leadership of the most fiery social movement in 19th Century U.S.—abolitionism. Their collaboration and eventual split is the subject of Ralph Korngold's Two...

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