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Man and a BrotherAbolition in the United States of America

The drive towards the abolition of slavery began long before the United States was itself a nation. Prominent proponents and opponents alike cast varying shadows over the moral, economic and political landscape that spanned over a century. Some of the men and women who engaged in this struggle are much better known, but still others sometimes appear as mere sidenotes to the overall fray. In such a tremendous undertaking such as the abolition of slavery, all participants played an important part of the process. Here on Uncommon History, a scant fraction of the multitude of men and women who were involved will be presented. Due to the degree of individual participation, certain biographies will be of more detail, but none of less value.

Abolition Proponents

This is a dynamic listing and by no means exhaustive of all those involved in abolition

  • Galusha Anderson
  • Gamaliel Bailey
  • Henry Ward Beecher
  • James Gillespie Birney
  • John Brown
  • Moses Brown
  • William Wells Brown
  • Martin Van Buren
  • Aaron Burr
  • Maria Weston Chapman
  • Salmon P. Chase
  • George B. Cheever
  • Lydia Maria Child
  • Alexander Crummell
  • Frederick Douglas
  • Nathan Egelston
  • James Forten
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Amos Noë Freeman
  • Henry Highland Garnet
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • William Goodell
  • Angelina Emily Grimke
  • John P. Hale
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Thomas Hill
  • John Jay
  • Abby Kelley
  • Rufus King
  • Joshua Leavitt
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Thomas Paine
  • Wendell Phillips
  • Noah Porter
  • Robert Purvis
  • Charles Lenox Remond
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Samuel Sewall
  • Garrett Smith
  • Lysander Spooner
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Henry B. Stanton
  • Lucy Stone
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Arther Tappen
  • Lewis Tappen
  • Thomas Truesdell
  • Harriet Truesdell
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Tubman
  • David Walker
  • Theodore Weld

Anti-Slavery Sermons

Civil Liberty – Noah Porter (external link)

Abolition Societies and Organizations

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Ansar Burney Trust – Middle East and Pakistan
  • Anti-Slavery International
  • Anti-Slavery Society (British)
  • Anti-Slavery Society of Canada (est. 1851)
  • Anti-Slavery Society of Illinois
  • Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade (British)
  • Free Soil Party
  • Free-Staters
  • International Justice Mission
  • Liberty Party (United States)
  • New York Manumission Society
  • New England Anti-Slavery Society
  • Ohio Anti-Slavery Society
  • Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Republican Party (United States)
  • Royal Navy
  • Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage American
  • Society of the Friends of the Blacks (Société des Amis des Noirs) (French)
  • Unitarian Universalists
  • Upper Canada Anti-Slavery Society (est. 1837)

Abolition Opponents

John C. Calhoun
Henry Clay
Harvard University
Yale University
Princeton University

Pro-Slavery Sermons

One Response to “Abolition”

  1. World Travel says:

    Fantastic post – and great domain by the way!

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