Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.
William Lloyd Garrison
An ardent abolitionist and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, William Lloyd Garrison is perhaps best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Smith defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.
Smith discusses the interesting case of James Birney, who freed his slaves and became a prominent abolitionist.
Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.
Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
Smith discusses the schism in the abolitionist movement over the constitutionality of slavery, and he begins his analysis of Lysander Spooner’s arguments in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office under the United States Constitution?
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
Smith provides some background on Spooner’s influential book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.