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.
D’Amato looks at the Garrisonians, the most diehard and arguably most consistently libertarian of the abolitionists.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Presley gives a rundown of some of the many black women, both famous and lesser-known, who worked toward the abolition of slavery.
Having previously discussed abolitionist black women, Presley highlights some of the white women in the movement to end slavery.
The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.
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 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.
Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child was an author, editor, journalist, and scholar.
A short profile of the ideas of Gene Sharp, the foremost scholar of nonviolent resistance.
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.