The Abolitionist Movement: Documents Decoded, 1st Edition

  • Christopher Cameron
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  • ISBN-10: 1610695135
  • ISBN-13: 9781610695138
  • DDC: 326.80973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 250 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released February 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The Abolitionist Movement: Documents Decoded collects primary sources pertaining to various aspects of the American anti-slavery movement in the 18th and 19th centuries and presents these firsthand sources alongside accessibly written, expert commentary in a visually stimulating format. Making use of primary source documents that include pamphlets, articles, speeches, slave narratives, and court decisions, the book models how scholars interpret primary sources and shows readers how to critically evaluate the key documents that chronicle this major American movement.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Titles in ABC-CLIO’s Documents Decoded Series.
Series Note.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Slavery and Racial Thought in Colonial and Revolutionary America.
2: Quakers and Abolitionism: Petition of Germantown Quakers; 1688.
3: Puritan Protests: Samuel Sewall, The Selling of Joseph; 1700.
4: Race and the Enlightenment: David Hume, “Of National Characters”; 1758.
5: The Colonial Crisis and Abolitionism: James Otis, The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved; 1764.
6: Organized Black Abolitionism: Petition of Massachusetts Blacks to the General Court; 1773.
7: African and Indian Alliances: Phillis Wheatley, “Letter to Samson Occom”; 1774.
8: Black Masons Protest Slavery: Petition of Prince Hall to the General Court; 1777.
9: Antislavery Poetry: Phillis Wheatley, “On the Death of General Wooster”; 1778.
10: “No Taxation without Representation”: Petition of John and Paul Cuffe to the General Court; 1780.
11: “A Suspicion Only”: Thomas Jefferson, Excerpt from Notes on the State of Virginia; 1785.
12: Slavery and the Constitution: Gouverneur Morris, “Constitutional Convention Speech”; 1787.
13: Atlantic Crossings: Josiah Wedgwood, “Am I Not a Man and a Brother?”; 1787.
14: Abolitionism and Proslavery Thought in Antebellum America.
15: Slavery and Power: Thomas Ruffin Opinion in State v. Mann, North Carolina Supreme Court; 1829.
16: Early Black Nationalism: David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World; 1829.
17: “I Will Be Heard”: William Lloyd Garrison, “To the Public”; 1831.
18: Female Prophets of Abolition: Maria Stewart, “Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall, Boston”; 1833.
19: Southern Abolitionists: Angelina Grimké, An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South; 1836.
20: Antislavery and Women’s Rights: Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, “Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?”; 1837.
21: Slave Narratives: Charles Ball, Slavery in the United States; 1837.
22: “Republicanism a Sham”: Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”; 1852.
23: Foundation of the Confederacy: Alexander Stephens, “Cornerstone Speech”; 1861.
24: Finally Free: Emancipation Proclamation; 1863.
25: The Meaning of the War: Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address; 1865.
Further Reading.
About the Author.