American Abolitionism

..let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and effectively. Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored-contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living man nor a dead man -- such as a policy of "don't care" on a question about which all true men do care...
-- Abraham Lincoln

Edited by M.D.C.Bowen
last updated April, 2001
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Major Figures

  • Frederick Douglass
  • John Brown
  • Sojourer Truth
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Paul Cuffe
  • Nat Turner

Other Significant Figures

  • Lewis Tappan
  • Salmon P. Chase
  • David Walker



Significant Organizations

  • American AntiSlavery Society
  • New York Vigilance Committee
  • Liberty Party
  • Free Soil Party