The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism: Addresses to the Slaves
University Press of Kentucky, 2004 M03 5 - 256 páginas
The American conflict over slavery reached a turning point in the early 1840s when three leading abolitionists presented provocative speeches that, for the first time, addressed the slaves directly rather than aiming rebukes at white owners. By forthrightly embracing the slaves as allies and exhorting them to take action, these three addresses pointed toward a more inclusive and aggressive antislavery effort.
These addresses were particularly frightening to white slaveholders who were significantly in the minority of the population in some parts of low country Georgia and South Carolina. The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism includes the full text of each address, as well as related documents, and presents a detailed study of their historical context, the reactions they provoked, and their lasting impact on U.S. history.
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His light complexion surprised some in the audience , who had assumed that “
only a dark black man ” could be enslaved , and enhanced their sympathy for
those in bonds . In his speech Latimer relied on a northern sentimentalized
regard for ...
The audience , composed of men , women , and children , numbered , according
to Remond , in the “ hundreds ” and , according to historian Benjamin Quarles ,
included “ scores ” of whites . This was a tiny gathering compared to the ones that
But it is unlikely that black men were excluded from the Peterboro meeting , since
Garnet and other black men regularly participated as delegates at other New
York Liberty Party conventions , and there were a number of whites in the
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