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This colleciton assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe 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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The “antislavery” philosophy must be distinguished from the “abolitionist movement” or “abolitionist crusade,” which was a specific, historical group action that is associated with the publication of David Walker’s Appeal in 1829 and William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator in 1831. Walker, an African American, was an early proponent of racial equality, with special emphasis on political and social equality, and he was joined by the Garrisonians, who not only argued for equality and for an end to racial prejudice, but who emphatically called for “immediate, unconditional emancipation,” without compensation to the slaveowners.
Theodore Dwight Weld, James Freeman Clarke, Alexander McLeod, and Robert Dale Owen were but four of many who were opposed to slavery and used their Bibles to frame theological arguments designed to persuade readers, and listeners, that slavery was morally wrong and that owning slaves was fundamentally a sin in the biblical sense of the term. ” Section III is the main section of this anthology, and it includes the writings of some of the leading abolitionists of these crucial decades, including William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips, Lydia Maria Child, David Walker, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Ultimately, Stowe was the most powerful of the literary abolitionists, for her narrative argues eloquently against the evils of slavery and utilizes several antecedent traditions to reach an extremely wide audience, including the slave narrative, the Puritan evangelical sermon tradition, and the literature of sentimentality and domesticity, with which her reading audiences were extremely familiar. Stowe’s novel was an immediate success. Some 150,000 copies were in circulation by the end of 1852, and by the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 it had been translated into sixteen languages (the figure was sixty-eight as of 1995, including Welsh and Bengali) and had sold over 4 million copies in English in the United States alone.