“We call ourselves binary abolitionists.
But the numbers tend to support the abolitionists.
Despite their noisy campaign, the abolitionists remained a small minority.
Abolitionists in Britain maintained that slavery was a violation of God’s will.
In the end, abolitionists seemed to be the majority only in Coconut Grove.
The abolitionists built public awareness of the Africans’ situation and raised money for their defense.
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were abolitionists who also led the first women’s rights convention.
Their work brought them in contact with female abolitionists in England who were reaching the same conclusions.
Albro Lyons would clearly have taken note when abolitionists reacted to violence and intimidation by retreating into silence.
He surmises that Lincoln grew weary of the idea which had become enmeshed in scandal and were criticised by many abolitionists.
Liberty Party, U.S. political party (1840–48) created by abolitionists who believed in political action to further antislavery goals.
As a holder of government office he was expected to vote for an amendment proposed by the ministry but disapproved by the abolitionists.
Other abolitionists, especially a vanguard group within the Anti-Slavery Society called the “Agency Committee”, railed against the idea.
“Some abolitionists have a very strict lens through which they see things—if you’re not shutting down the jails and prisons tomorrow, your efforts are worthless,” she said.
Sculpted busts of scientists, singers, politicians, abolitionists and actors hid behind African masks, were encased in diving helmets and astronaut’s masks, or topped with Oceanic head-dresses.
Weatherburn said the debate about whether prison is effective in reducing crime is “more complicated” than both tough on crime campaigners and prison abolitionists would have their audience believe.
Abolitionists routinely argue that referendums are unwinnable because it is impossible to get voters to focus on the question clearly, and not get sidetracked by individual, high-profile murder cases.
Without fugitive slaves voting with their feet, there would have been no fugitive slave controversy between the free and slave states or personal liberty laws and court cases that allowed abolitionists to recruit prominent antislavery allies.
Grimké was born into a prominent biracial family of abolitionists and civil-rights activists; the noted abolitionists Angelina and Sarah Grimké were her great-aunts, and her father was the son of a wealthy white aristocrat and a slave.
“Lincoln moved more slowly and apparently more reluctantly toward making it a war for freedom than black leaders, abolitionists, radical Republicans, and the slaves themselves wanted him to move,” James McPherson, a Civil War historian, wrote in “Who Freed the Slaves?”
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