CSS: Abolitionist Founding Father John Rankin’s Courage To Speak the Truth with Caleb Franz

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Caleb Franz is the host of Profiles in Liberty and author of “The Conductor: The Story of Rev. John Rankin, Abolitionism’s Essential Founding Father,” and he joins us to discuss Rankin’s Presbyterian upbringing in the South, his passionate opposition to slavery, and the influential letters he wrote to his brother, which sparked a broader public dissection of the institution of slavery. These writings, akin to ‘The Federalist Papers’ of abolitionism, played a crucial role in shaping the abolitionist movement, impacting figures like William Lloyd Garrison and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Franz also explores Rankin’s challenges, including physical threats and societal opposition, underscoring his importance as a unifying figure whose efforts transcended abolitionism. The episode delves into Franz’s book’s origin and evolution, Rankin’s legacy’s impact, and the importance of acknowledging the contributions of figures lost to history.

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