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HELP PLEASE: Abolitionism in the 1830's and 1840's

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Latenite's picture
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HELP PLEASE: Abolitionism in the 1830's and 1840's

What's going on with Abolitionism in the 1830's and 1840's?

I've done some research on Frederick Douglass versus the ideas Spooner and Smith but I was wondering if there were any other major events, people, ideas during this time. So far all I can find are ideas and oppositions. Did anything change during this time period? Did it impact society or politics at all?

Any help would be amazing. Anything that I should be sure to include?

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Joined: Mar 2005

I'm really tired right now, so here's what my book says, word for word.

"The early anti-slavery movement was benign, advocating only the purchase and transportation of slaves to free states in Africa. The American Colonization Society was organized in 1817 and established the colony of Liberia in 1830, but by that time the movement had reached a dead end.

in 1831, William Lloyd Farrison started his paper, The Liberator, and began to advocate total and immediate emancipation, thus giving new life to the movement. He founded the New England Anti-slavery Society in 1832, and the American Antislavery Society in 1833. Theodore Weld pursued the same goals, but advocated more gradual means.

Frederick Douglass, having escaped from his Maryland owner, became a fiery orator for the movement, and published his own newspaper, the North Star.

There were frequent outbursts of anti-abolition violence in the 1830's, against the fanaticism of the radicals. Abolitionist editor Elijah Lovejoy was killed by a mob in Illinois.

The movement split into two wings: Garrison's radical followers, and the moderates who favored "moral suasion" and petitions to Congress. In 1840, the Liberty Party, the first national anti-slavery party, fielded a presidential candidate on the platform of "free soil," non-expansion of slavery into the new western territories.

The literary crusade continued with Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin being the most influential among the many books which presented the abolitionist message."

I'm really in no mood or condition to interpret, so have fun.

Oh, and my book is the REA test prep book for the AP U.S. History Exam from 2003, but almost nothing has changed...no one's been time surfing right?

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Thanks so much.

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