The Abolitionist Movement Of 1830 And William Lloyd Garrison

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Slavery was a defining factor in aiding America to become an economic powerhouse by allowing affluent plantation owners to have a source of free labor, but opposition to slavery rose in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. Although there were antislavery movements prior to the Revolution, the movements affected slavery in the North but made little impact in the South. It was not until 1830 that the acts against slavery had become influential enough to change America’s acceptance to slavery. The abolitionist movement of 1830 had a greater impact on the nation as a whole than the antislavery movement before 1830 because it brought a revival to the topic of antislavery that seemed to be at a dead end. The abolitionist movement of 1830 was facilitated by William Lloyd Garrison and his transformation of abolition, the free black abolitionists such as Fredrick Douglass, and the emergence of abolitionist politics.
The abolitionist movement of 1830 had a more influential impact on the nation than the antislavery movement prior to 1830 because of William Lloyd Garrison and the ways that he transformed abolition. Before 1830, there were movements that were against slavery but none made an impact enough to stop slavery in the South or to call attention to the horrors of slavery. William Lloyd Garrison challenged the restricted fight against slavery by voicing his philosophy through his weekly newspaper, the Liberator. Garrison used his paper to show a new perspective on slavery. He stated the hardships that slaves had to go through and he quickly attracted a large group of antislavery followers known as the New England Antislavery Society. This society eventually grew across parts of the nation and became the American Antislavery society. As time went on, the society continued to grow and had an influx of members in the 400 different chapters of the societies. Garrison caused the antislavery movement to gain strength and had brought a larger influence than any other person had brought before.
Another reason why the antislavery movement of 1830 had exceeded the influence of the antislavery movement preceding to 1830 was because of the free black abolitionists such as Fredrick Douglass. Although blacks in the North were considered “free” they were still subject to oppression and racism, and often had worse living conditions than their fellow blacks in the South. The environment that the blacks in the North lived in showed the harsh realities of prejudice, mainly due to slavery in the...

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