The US Abolitionist movement can trace its roots back to the 17th century, when both English Quakers and evangelicals condemned the practice of slavery.
The First Great Awakening during the 1730’s and 1740’s left a strong impact on the citizens of Protestant Europe and British America.
After the American Revolution northern states began passing legislation to abolish slavery starting with Pennsylvania in 1780. The American Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison, Theodore Weld and Robert Purvis.
The men and women featured in this section share a strong belief that slavery was wrong and worked to abolish the practice.
Abolitionists and their crusade was a contributing cause for starting the Civil War.