Join us as we welcome Josh Cutler to launch his new book, The Boston Gentlemen’s Mob: Maria Chapman and the Abolition Riot of 1835. A book sale and signing will follow.
Violent mobs, racial unrest, attacks on the press–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.
This event is part of the Weymouth History Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Weymouth Public Libraries and The Weymouth Historical Commission. Supporting partners include Weymouth 400, The Abigail Adams Historical Society, and Weymouth Historical Society.