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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 serious to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing through William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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In 1833, when the Garrisonians formed the American Anti-slavery Society, they immediately developed local chapters to represent the objectives of the national organization, and the principal players in the national movement traveled frequently to meetings of the local groups. Thus abolitionism and Christian reform paralleled each other in method and scope if not in objectives and message, and the American culture of the early nineteenth century was well used to oratory by reformers whose causes were well known.

Who inherited the mantle of “civil disobedience” from these early leaders. As John Thomas has shown, the abolitionists relied almost exclusively on moral persuasion and aggressive rhetorical strategies to develop their arguments and spread their beliefs. “To destroy the power of slavery the Abolitionists relied on the equally simple strategy of conversion. In the beginning, they tried to change the minds of slaveholders and gain sympathizers by appealing directly to the individual conscience.

Like Garrison, Phillips linked the issues of women’s rights and abolition, but he was not as radical a thinker or as passionate a critic as his mentor, and his writings lack the invective that characterizes Garrison’s tracts and the rhetorical strategies that give Douglass’s writings so much power. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was born into slavery, the mulatto son of a slave mother and a white man, possibly his mother’s master. He was originally named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He would later take the name “Douglass” from a character of Sir Walter Scott whom he admired.

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