Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader (Penguin Classics)

4 Dec

Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader (Penguin Classics)

Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader (Penguin Classics)

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0140437584

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"An invaluable resource to students, scholars, and general readers alike."—

This colleciton assembles more than forty speeches, lectures, and essays critical to the abolitionist crusade, featuring writing by William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.












(1810-1888) Alexander McLeod (1774-1833) Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877) THE ABOLITIONIST CRUSADE, 1830-1865 INTRODUCTION William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) David Walker (1785-1830) John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) Gerrit Smith (1797-1874) Angelina Emily Grimké (1805-1879) and Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873) Catharine E. Beecher (1800-1874) Theodore Dwight Weld Horace Bushnell (1802-1876) James McCune Smith

measures. In this you are not correctly informed. I know not where to look for northern Christians, who would deny that every slave-holder is bound to treat his slaves exactly as he would claim that his own children ought to be treated in similar circumstances; that the holding of our fellow men as property, or the withholding of any of the rights of freedom, for mere purposes of gain, is a sin, and ought to be immediately abandoned. The distinctive peculiarity of the Abolition Society is this:

steady habits, but individuals have been known to fall into habits of dissipation, scattering their pocketfuls of rocks in the most spendthrift manner, and some have displayed a dangerous predilection for playing with fire, which has rendered them very uncomfortable neighbors ... Mr. Calhoun’s document is not so much a report as a Jeremiad. It consists mainly of a catalogue of the wrongs and grievances which the Southern Israel has sustained at the hands of the Heathen round about. In one

worthless to a world lying in wickedness ... The fact that the church of our country (with fractional exceptions) does not esteem the Fugitive Slave Law as a declaration of war against religious liberty, implies that the church regards religion simply as a form of worship, an empty ceremony, and not a vital principle, requiring active benevolence, justice, love, and good will towards man ... But the church of this country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides

cannot be moderate on a subject which it is exceedingly difficult for an honest mind to examine with calmness. Many who highly respect his character and motives, regret his tendency to use wholesale and unqualified expressions; but it is something to have the truth told, even if it be not in the mildest way. Where an evil is powerfully supported by the self-interest and prejudice of the community, none but an ardent individual will venture to meddle with it. Luther was deemed indiscreet even by

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