"Writing with admirable clarity and passion, Harrold vividly recreates the violent and chaotic decade of the 1850s.

Harrold's devastating portrait of a nation already at war

along the contested border should appeal to all readers of

history. His research, both archival and secondary, is exceptional."

-Douglas R. Egerton, Le Moyne College (Boarder War)

"Harrold's bold, revisionist account of abolitionism in the antebellum period challenges the overwhelming emphasis in abolitionist scholarship on the movement's northern, and specifically New England, origins and influences." -- Florida Historical Quarterly (The Abolitionists and the South)

"Compelling reading. Focusing on antislavery battles below the Mason-Dixon line, Harrold masterfully recasts well-known historical incidents . . . withing a southern context. With Subversives Harrold has placed the discussion of assisted flight from the slave South nearer to the center of antislavery studies."-Journal of African American History (Subversives)

"Harrold's insightful analysis and provocative arguments will  force historians to reexamine the essential nature of the     struggle to end slavery between 1840 and the Civil War."            -Journal of American History (The Rise of Aggressive       Abolition)