William Lloyd Garrison said that slavery violates the fundamental right of all individuals to be free, and he dedicated his life to abolishing the practice.
A self-taught escaped slave, statesman, and leader of the American Abolitionist Movement, Frederick Douglass is best known for his speeches and auto-biographies, in which he stressed the universal equality of all humans.
Having previously discussed abolitionist black women, Presley highlights some of the white women in the movement to end slavery.
Frances E. W. Harper was an author, poet, and abolitionist.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Victoria Woodhull was a political radical in the free love movement and the first woman to run for president.
Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
Lysander Spooner was a legal and political theorist favoring individualist anarchy. He is best known for his activism as an abolitionist.
Racism, or the belief that certain racial or ethnic groups are inferior to others or deserve lesser treatment, is fundamentally opposed to individualism.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.
Born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, and raised money for many other black schools and colleges.
Constitutionalism binds the government to a pre-decided set of rules and is favored as a form of limiting government expansion.
Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
In this entry, Stephen Davies traces the history of slavery, from common ancient practices to today’s world, where slavery is legally abolished everywhere.