Author Josh S. Cutler
Published by History Press
November 8, 2021
It's the fall of 1835 and the streets of Boston are filled with bankers, merchants and other "gentlemen of property and standing" angered by an emergent antislavery movement. They break up a women's abolitionist meeting and seize newspaper publisher William Lloyd Garrison. While city leaders stand by silently, a small group of women had the courage to speak out.
Author Josh Cutler tells the story of the Gentlemen's Mob through the eyes of four key participants: antislavery reformer Maria Chapman; pioneering schoolteacher Susan Paul; the city's establishment mayor, Theodore Lyman; and Wendell Phillips, a young attorney who wanders out of his office to watch the spectacle. The day's events forever changed the course of the abolitionist movement.
Lots of fun last night for my first author talk for new book! Thank you to the Weymouth Public Library for hosting me. This is a very fitting location as the Tufts Library is right near the original home of Maria Weston Chapman who played such a prominent role standing up for abolitionists when a mob of Boston "gentlemen" took to the streets on October 21, 1835.