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  • The Land of the Free
  • The Home of the Oppressed
  • No,no we need to find a peaceful way to end slavery. Violence will not be the answer.
  • Maybe you can try to rise up and revolt?
  • As long as my people get set free, thank you for your kindness.
  • My people are suffering with cruel treatment and hard work days, we must end this!
  • In 1835,two posters appeared on walls throughout Washington, D.C. Many people questioned how America, the "land of the free", could still allow slavery in their own country. Many people saw this as a problem and formed a new group named the abolitionists.
  • Slavery will end soon!
  • Many Americans from the North had joined the abolitionist group. They all saw slavery as something terrible and wanted to put an end to it. Some poeple tried persuading slaves to revolt but many wanted a peaceful solution. Black and whites worked in this movement and many people started demanding slaves be set free.
  • All people are equal, especially women and slaves!
  • Slavery is not fair!
  • Slavery must end!
  • During 1831 a man named William Garrison became an abolitionist and wrote a strong newspaper, The Liberator. One day Garrison found an escaped slave, Frederick Douglas, who was giving an empowering and emotional speech to the townspeople.
  • God will end slavery peacefully!
  • After his speech that day Douglas became an abolitionist himself and wrote an autobiography in 1845. His book instantly became a best-seller. He started his own newspaper named the North Star and shortly after he started publishing his newspaper became popular as well.
  • After awareness was getting out about the abolitionist group, women started getting involved. Women were inspired by the religious reform and started to take action. It was not easy for women to speak out on this topic because women themselves did not have many rights. Sometimes when women spoke out they would get stones thrown at them. Even with the struggles women still were getting involved.
  • Some women abolitionists were former slaves. One former slave, Sojourner Truth, had very strong feelings about slavery and when she met Frederick and Douglas they encouraged her to speak out. She argued that God would end slavery peacefully. Even in the North abolitionists were a minority, but the violence directed at them helped change Northeners attitude enters attitudes towards slavery and in the progress the slavery movement helped the women's rights movement.
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