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Abolitionist Project 2020

Abolitionist Project 2020

Assignment 2: In Their Own Words

in this assignment, you’ll be reading and analyzing some of the writings of an abolitionist. Using the databases and web based links below, you could look at letters, essays, speeches, book excerpts, and more.

For names in bold , start with  ProQuest’s History Study Center Database. Choose the “Historical Documents” tab on the right side of the page, then enter the abolitionist’s name in the “keyword” box. This will give you options to choose from, and will also provide additional background on the abolitionist you choose. 

For names in Italics, start with the selected links from education, organization, or government sites that have been vetted by your teacher and librarian. It’s especially important to use the C.R.A.A.P. test with web searches.

For citations and bibliography, I suggest starting with ZoteroBib and double-checking against your notes from Ms. Sanchez. 


Political Players:

Religious Sorts: 

  • Lewis and Arthur Tappan
  • Henry Ward Beecher
  • Rabbi David Einhorn Eulogy for Abraham Lincoln Excerpts from Einhorn’s refutation of Raphall’s view of slavery,  starting at the bottom of pg 147 

Early Feminists:

Violent Radicals:

Privilege for Change:


Escaped Slaves/Writers: 


Direct Action: 


  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Wendell Phillips: Speech from “Proceedings of the American-Anti-Slavery Society at its second decade.”

Early Influences: 


Sarah Mapps Douglass: Letter to William Basset