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During the period leading up to the Civil War, black women all over the North comprised a stalwart but now largely forgotten abolitionist army. In myriad ways, these race-conscious women worked...
Glossary Term – Event
The American Anti-Slavery Society was founded, pledging “immediate emancipation without expatriation.”
Glossary Term – Organization
The American Anti-Slavery Society was the abolitionist organization founded by William Lloyd Garrison and others in 1833. The Society agitated for immediate abolition for more than thirty years, publishing abolitionist materials, petitioning Congress, and hosting anti-slavery meetings, events, and lectures. Former slaves including Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown became major public figures through their appearances at the Society’s meetings. Some members split from the group over Garrison’s radical denouncement of the...
Glossary Term – Person
Arthur Tappan (1786–1865) and Lewis Tappan (1788–1863) were successful merchants and prominent antebellum abolitionists. Brothers born in Massachusetts, Arthur and Lewis became wealthy through various business ventures from the 1820s through the 1840s. The two became involved in the abolition movement in the 1830s, and they used their wealth to advance the cause. In 1833, they formed the American Anti-Slavery Society with Theodore Weld and founded Oberlin College, which enrolled both black and white students. Lewis gave financial backing to...
Although its implementation proceeded in fits and sstarts, abolitionism was an idea whose force ultimately proved unstoppable across the English-speaking world.