Memorable Quotations from American Abolitionists

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By Jim Dell

Memorable Quotations from American Abolitionists
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American abolitionists, particularly from 1830 to 1860, supported the compulsory emancipation of African-American slaves. The active campaign had its stimulus in the resurgence (1820s) in the North of evangelical religion, with its moral resolve to end sinful practices. The American Anti-Slavery Society, established in 1833, inundated the slave states with abolitionist literature and lobbied in Washington, D.C. Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet B. Stowe, became a successful piece of abolitionist propaganda, and the Kansas question aroused both North and South. The culminating act of abolitionism was John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. Abolitionist demands for immediate freeing of the slaves after the eruption of the Civil War resulted in President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The abolitionist movement was one of high moral resolve and courage; its adamant temper hastened the termination of slavery in the United States.

The American abolitionists included in this book are John Brown, William Wells Brown, Maria Weston Chapman, Lydia Child, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Jacobs, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. (Home)