Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader (Penguin Classics) by Various, Mason Lowance

By Various, Mason Lowance

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This colleciton assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing via William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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The Quaker meetings collectively opposed slavery, and one among them, John Woolman, eloquently told of the anguish of conscience he suffered when required by his employer, a New Jersey lawyer, to write an indenture of sale for the purchase of a slave. Moreover, slavery was challenged by natural rights theorists of the Enlightenment, and it is one of the ironies of American history that the most eloquent articulation of those principles composed by an American, the Declaration of Independence, should have been authored by Thomas Jefferson, master of a Virginia plantation and the owner of slaves.

Ruchames, The Abolitionists, p. 24) The abolitionist crusade was led by Garrison and Wendell Phillips, who were joined by the Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier and the Boston writer Lydia Maria Child: Garrison founded the New England Antislavery Society in 1831 and the American Antislavery Society in 1833, when factionalism within the New England group threatened to compromise his militant demands for immediate and unconditional emancipation and full racial equality. Frederick Douglass, the escaped former slave who had joined the group in 1841, attended an abolitionist gathering on Nantucket, where he was asked to speak of his life as a slave, and from 1841 to 1848 Douglas was a staunch Garrisonian abolitionist.

Monogenesis, an argument that all people were evolved from a single pair of original parents, as described in the Book of Genesis, suited the antislavery advocates, while polygenesis, the belief that humanity was descended from multiple original sources, better suited the proslavery view. For Garrison, Phillips, Child, Weld, and Walker, this would mean taking extremely unpopular and often confrontational stands against slavery and race prejudice (which the Garrisonians saw as inextricably linked).

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