Review of "The Abolitionists, Part 2"
Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.
The contributions of these abolitionists were not overlooked however as the abolitionist took a more prominent role in society the government took steps in order to stifle their endeavors.
In the meantime, restoring the traditional values of the social elite became one of the abolitionists’ top priorities. Abolitionism helped to personify the pain of social displacement and empowered young leaders. Abolitionism was the starting point in the subsequent evolution of the American society toward racial and social integration (Derman-Sparks, 2006). It was also “an anguished protest of an aggrieved class against a world they never made”. Although abolitionism never achieved the goal of racial integration, it became a starting point in the country’s fight for racial equality – the fight which seems to have no finish.
During the international anti-slavery convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were denied the right to participate just because of their genders. With the ideas of the Second Great Awakening in their minds, they created the Women’s Right Convention in Seneca Falls, where they wrote the Declaration of Sentiments that listed all of the ways in which males have wronged them by denying equality to them.
Derman-Sparks, Louise, Patricia G. Ramsey, and Julie Olsen Edwards. What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families. New York: Teachers College Press, 2006.
Donald, David. “Toward a Reconsideration of Abolitionists.” In Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War, edited by David Donald, 19-36. New York: Random House, 1956.