Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
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 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.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
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.
Tolstoy’s radical Christianity led him to a pacifistic, anarchistic political philosophy that rejected the state as incompatible with Christ’s teachings.
Smith provides some background on Spooner’s influential book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
Smith discusses some of the very few abolitionists who defended the right of southern states to secede from the Union.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.
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 discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Feminism is part of an interlocking family of movements aimed at human liberation, and indeed helping to achieve it, albeit in fits and starts.
Smith details the scholarly debate between Lysander Spooner and Wendell Phillips over the constitutionality of slavery.
Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
In this entry, Wendy McElroy outlines the history of the feminist movement and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.