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AN ESSAY ON SLAVERY AND ABOLITIONISM, WITH REFERENCE TO THE DUTY OF AMERICAN FEMALES BY CATHARINE E. BEECHER

Published in 1837 as an essay. This work was originally meant to be a personal letter to a friend who was going to visit the North advocating that women join abolition societies. In the essay, Beecher rebuts Angelina Grimke’s anti-slavery Appeal to the Christian Women of the South. She explains, “It seems unwise and inexpedient for ladies of the non-slave-holding States to unite themselves in Abolition Societies.” First, the North and South are “distinct communities, with different feelings and interests.” Second, the methods of Abolitionists are not “either peaceful or Christian in tendency” and “generate party spirit, denunciation, recrimination, and angry passions.” Last, she contrasts the anti-religious spirit of Garrison with the gentle Christianity of the English abolitionists Wilberforce and Clarkson. #1291
 

 

 

 

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