Freedom: A continuing journey

The quest for freedom — both political and spiritual — has gone on for thousands of years, as the Bible makes abundantly clear. Adam Hochschild's Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves is an inspiring chronicle of one segment of that quest. Author of the prize-winning King Leopold's Ghost, which dealt with the colonization of Congo, Hochschild teaches writing at the University of California at Berkeley.

This wonderfully readable book is a history of British spiritual thinkers and activists who battled slavery in the British Empire, even risking their lives in the process. But it's really about much more than that. In essence, it describes the spiritual and mental journey toward a new and more universal concept of freedom — and the hard work it took to get there.

No excuse for silence
January 17, 2005

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