Smith discusses the interesting case of James Birney, who freed his slaves and became a prominent 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 discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
For many women, resisting oppression meant turning a critical eye toward religious authorities.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
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 defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
Smith discusses some of the very few abolitionists who defended the right of southern states to secede from the Union.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.
Smith details the scholarly debate between Lysander Spooner and Wendell Phillips over the constitutionality of slavery.
Smith provides some background on Spooner’s influential book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
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.
Adin Ballou’s Hopedale Community was committed to proto-libertarian positions on the state’s use of violence and the individual’s responsibility not to participate in state violence.
Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.