Hearts Beating for Liberty
Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This book was a joy to research and write in part because of all the wonderful friends, colleagues, librarians, archivists, and students who have provided assistance, support, encouragement, and advice. I apologize if I neglect anyone among the dozens of people who contributed in one way or another to this project over the past decade. ...
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The cheese was enormous. It created quite a stir at the lucrative antislavery fair in Boston, an event renowned more for its elegant and tasteful European imports than its dairy products. Fairgoers listened to the eloquence of anti-slavery luminaries Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison; perused the slogans on delicately embroidered Scottish-made handbags; ...
1. Grassroots Activism and Female Antislavery Societies
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The two knew each other by reputation only. Lucy Wright, sister of famed abolitionist Elizur Wright, had just returned home to Tallmadge, Ohio, after spending nearly two years working as a teacher in African American schools in Cincinnati.1 Betsey Mix Cowles, who lived only eighty miles from Wright, had recently founded the Ashtabula County Female Anti-Slavery Society, ...
2. Abolitionist Women and the Liberty Party
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Mary Davis must have been scandalized when a “gentleman” sat in her lap. She had gone to Chicago’s City Hall to hear famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass discuss the state’s Black Laws, the importance of political antislavery, and the Fugitive Slave Act.1 A longtime admirer of Douglass, Davis was eager to listen to his lecture. ...
3. Free Produce in the Old Northwest
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In March 1833, Michigan abolitionist Elizabeth Chandler shrewdly used her ladies’ column in the Genius of Universal Emancipation to publish a letter from Ohio’s Green Plain Free Produce Society. Hoping to highlight the compelling rationale for rejecting slave-made goods in favor of “pure” free-labor products, ...
4. Antislavery Fairs, Cooperation, and Community Building
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They sent the box to Cincinnati. This infuriated the Salem, Ohio, Garrisonians. Sarah MacMillan made every effort to remain polite in her letter to Anne Warren Weston, but the exasperation behind her words burst through. Why, MacMillan inquired, had Weston’s powerful Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society failed to send ...
5. Women Lecturers and Radical Antislavery
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The Quakers accosted her. An experienced and road-weary Garrisonian lecturer from Massachusetts, Abby Kelley had encountered hostile audiences across the Northeast for nearly a decade. She had come to the Old Northwest in June 1845 at the invitation of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society. ...
6. Abolitionists and Fugitive Slaves
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In the late summer of 1854, as the nation confronted the growing controversy around the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which reaffirmed the West as a battleground between slavery and freedom, abolitionists met in Salem, Ohio, for the twelfth annual meeting of the Western Anti-Slavery Society.1 ...
7. Woman’s Rights and Abolition in the West
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Eliza T. Frantz wrote to the Anti-Slavery Bugle in March 1856 to update readers on the reform environment in her small northern Indiana town, Warsaw, which she characterized as “dark and benighted.” She confessed that she had spent much of her two years there “sunk in hopeless despair thinking, that no good could come out of Sodom.” ...
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In reply to a request from Susan B. Anthony to write down her memories of woman’s rights activism in the antebellum West, Emily Rakestraw Robinson included a brief antislavery reminiscence. In “Our Old Anti-Slavery Tent,” Robinson described the life span of a canvas tent, a piece of which she included in the letter. ...
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Page Count: 320
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2010