NEWBURYPORT — John Buehrens, author and past president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, visits WJOP’s “Morning Show” on Friday.

Host Mary Jacobsen will interview Buehrens about his new book, “Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice.”

Buehrens’ book takes a broader and deeper look at the Transcendentalist movement than the literary focus identified with Concord-based authors such as Emerson and Thoreau.

“Conflagration” focuses on activists such as Newburyport’s own Thomas Wentworth Higginson and other daring and passionate advocates for the abolition of slavery, and for economic and gender justice, according to a press release.

Their vision of “spiritual friendship,” energized by moral idealism, led the Transcendentalists to view their activism as a second American Revolution.

As Buehrens’ book explains, many prominent Transcendentalists were direct descendants of participants in the original American Revolution. They saw the next step in fulfilling America’s revolutionary potential as a spiritual transformation in human relations that would move the nation toward the establishment of freedom, justice, and equality for all. They fervently believed that “my spiritual fulfillment depends upon yours.”

For her “Books from Off the Beaten Path” segment, Melinda Everett will make some true crime recommendations, and will discuss the genre’s trend toward respecting victims’ stories and treating survivors with sensitivity. She will also recommend a new online subscription service for readers to check out.

The “Morning Show” airs Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on WJOP (FM 96.3). Each Friday’s “Morning Show” will be broadcast again on WJOP the following Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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