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This colleciton assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays severe to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing via William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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The Constitution of 1787 did not openly discuss slavery as an issue, but allowed it as a practice by disregarding the application of constitutional principles to chattel slaves of African American descent. The status of the mother usually determined the status of the child, so that the natural reproduction of slaves in the United States greatly expanded the enslaved population even after Congress outlawed the importation of slaves in 1808. The “antislavery movement” grew up during this period to oppose all aspects of slavery and the slave trade, but its moral arguments and influence were not sufficient to overcome the “Slave Power” of the Southern states and the economic demand for slave labor induced by Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in the 1790s and the worldwide demand for cotton goods.
1) It was this crucial issue that brought the abolitionists of the 1830s and 1840s together with the early feminists. “The principle of absolute human equality was the basic philosophical premise that American feminism borrowed from Garrisonian abolitionism. Because the abolitionists’ target was northern racial prejudice and their goal the development of white empathy for the suffering of the slave, the core of their argument was the essential unity of whites with blacks. Although many Garrisonians believed in biological differences between the races, their politics ignored physical, cultural, and historical characteristics that might distinguish blacks from whites.
The hypocrisies and inconsistencies of American democratic government are castigated severely. ” On the day of his death, February 20, 1895, Douglass had just spoken at a women’s-rights meeting. He was politically very influential if not powerful. He regularly wrote for the Washington Evening Star, Harper’s Weekly, Woman’s Journal, and the London Times, in addition to editing Frederick Douglass’s Paper and the National Era, which had originally published Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin serially.