Abolition and Women’s Rights in Antebellum America Abolitionism (pp. 344-354)



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Abolition and Women’s Rights in Antebellum America
Abolitionism (pp. 344-354)


  1. On what grounds did reformers demand the immediate end to slavery?


  1. How did leading African Americans in the North suggest that free blacks could “elevate” themselves?


  1. How did whites in many northern cities respond to the efforts by African Americans to achieve social equality with whites?


  1. What did the self-taught free-black from North Carolina, David Walker, promise white Americans who defended the institution of slavery?


  1. How did slave revolt leader, Nat Turner use his religious “spirit” to justify his actions?


  1. What actions did Nat Turner take, and what was the outcome?


  1. What radical measures did Virginia and other Southern states take in reaction to Nat Turner’s Revolt?


  1. What did radical Christians warn happen to planters if they did not grant blacks their God-given status?


  1. What did William Lloyd Garrison intend to accomplish when he published in his anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator, “I will not equivocate, I will not retreat one inch; and I will be heard!” and “the U.S. Constitution is a covenant with death and an agreement with Hell”?


  1. What efforts did female abolitionists like Lucretia Mott contribute to the abolitionist movement?


  1. What crucial perspective did sisters, Angelina and Sarah Grimke bring to the abolitionist cause?

  2. What did the Grimke sisters do to advance the cause of abolition?


  1. Summarize how abolitionists aided fugitive slaves?


  1. Why was the future of fugitive slaves in the North so uncertain?


  1. What was the Fugitive Slave Act (1793), and what did northern abolitionists do to thwart is effectiveness?


  1. According to map 11.3 on p. 351, how did the Underground Railroad assist fugitive slaves?


  1. What legislative measures did abolitionists seek in Congress to address the question of slavery in the U.S.?


  1. Who supported such political activities, and how in particular did Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau support the abolitionists movement?


  1. How much support did the Abolitionist Movement have?


  1. For what different reasons did slavery’s proponents support the institution of slavery?


  1. What did the violent actions of racism in the north reveal about the opposition to abolition?


  1. What did the Georgia state legislature do to illustrate the racial solidarity of Southern whites?


  1. What did the House of Representatives do to suppress antislavery debates in Congress?


  1. What issue created internal divisions within the ant-slavery movement?

IDENTIFICATIONS: On separate paper

William Lloyd Garrison

David Walker’s An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World

American Colonization Society

“amalgamation”

Gag rule

Liberty Party



The Women’s Rights Movement (pp. 354-359)

  1. At Mary Walker Ostram’s funeral in 1859, how did her Reverend Fowler describe the political role of women?


  1. What moral reforms did the middle-class Female Moral Reform Society seek in New York City?


  1. Identify the particular cause taken up by Massachusetts reformer, Dorothea Dix, and assess the success she achieved.


  1. What reforms in education did Horace Mann, the Father of Public Education, initiate in his home state of Massachusetts?


  1. Why were most teachers in the U.S. women by the 1850s?


  1. What particular aspect of slavery did women abolitionists like Harriet Jacobs try to expose to the American public?


  1. What best selling novel did Harriett Beecher Stowe write, and what did she say was the greatest moral failing of slavery?


  1. What factor made women increasingly conscious of their own social and legal inferiority?


  1. What pragmatic reforms did women’s activists seek during the 1840s? Did they succeed?


  1. What happened at Seneca Falls, NY in 1848?


  1. What was the agenda of the first national women’s rights convention in Worcester, MA?


  1. Who was the most prominent political operative in the women’s rights movement?

IDENTIFICATIONS: On separate paper

Separate Spheres

Cult of Domesticity

Sojourner Truth

Uncle Tom’s Cabin



Declaration of Rights and Sentiments of 1848

Susan B. Anthony


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