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Dan Doherty

Anti-Abolitionist Violence in the Antebellum North, 1840-1845

Anti-Abolitionist Violence in the Antebellum North, 1840-1845 in the Department of History



Daniel Doherty received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Studies from Connecticut College in 2010 and holds an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh (2016). His master’s dissertation, ‘Beyond Abolition: Willian Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle for Progressive Reform, 1865-1879’, examined and analyzed the famed abolitionist’s post-Civil War journalistic and political career. It was supervised by Dr David Silkenat. His doctoral dissertation, co-supervised by Dr Kevin Waite and Dr Richard Huzzey, concentrates on the rise of anti-abolitionist violence in the Northern United States during the post-Jacksonian period. It seeks to analyze the causes and extent of anti-abolitionism in states traditionally known for their anti-slavery politics. Finally, Daniel is completing his degree remotely and on a part-time basis, maintaining full-time employment as an Instructor of History at an international boarding high school in Boston, Massachusetts.

Research interests

  • The American Civil War
  • Antebellum Reform Movements
  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • Abolitionism and Anti-Abolitionism