Fire under the Ashes
An Atlantic History of the English Revolution
In Fire under the Ashes, John Donoghue recovers the lasting significance of the radical ideas of Coleman Street Ward by exploring their wider Atlantic history and revealing how republican radicals redefined themselves against the emergent economy of empire. While some prominent revolutionaries led England’s imperial expansion by investing deeply in the slave trade and projects of colonial conquest, other Coleman Street puritans crossed and re-crossed the ocean as colonists and revolutionaries, circulating new ideas about the liberty of body and soul. These radicals promoted social justice as the cornerstone of a republican liberty opposed to both political tyranny and economic slavery and their efforts, Donoghue argues, provided the ideological foundations for the abolitionist movement which swept the Atlantic world over a century later.