Wendell Phillips Essay

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Wendell Phillips was a leading reformer for the abolishment of slavery and was known as a passionate abolitionist who was willing to risk his own future to defend the cause he firmly believed in. He was born on November 29, 1811, the son of a wealthy Boston family. With a background of attending the famous Boston Latin School as a kid and later on obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School in 1834. Phillips did not consider himself a reformer until the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society where he heard William Lloyd Garrison speak. He eventually became secretary of the Anti-Slavery group.
Phillips supported the abolishment of slavery. He thought that America should terminate the institute of slavery once in for all. He was particularly critical of the Constitutions compromises about slavery as well as limitations put on abolitionist to seek political action. Furthermore, he believed that the emancipation of slaves was the single leading obligation of the government, even more vital than the preservation of the Union. Not simply did he advocate for the freedom of slaves, but he also disputed for black suffrage and equal rights for African Americans, Women and Native Americans and rights for laborers and wage workers. For the most part Phillips was a peaceful reformer but in the 1850’s he became radical. During the 1840’s, he regularly attended conventions such as the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London that advocated the freedom of slaves. In years foreshadowing the Civil War, he became more aggressive, with events like Harpers Ferry Raid that subsidized his presence as a radical leader. However, after the war, he returned to being a more passive reformer by serving as a lecturer and public speaker. He heavily advocated for the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments which obliterated slavery and finally gave the right for African Americans to be citizens and permitted them to vote. Likewise he pressed on the issue to improve public education for African Americans.
For the most part, Phillips made a platform for the rights for African Americans although his other engagements for women’s suffrage and wage worker’s rights did not pass legislation. He had foremost success in promoting political reforms for African Americans. His prevalent accomplishments were the passage of the 13th amendment which abolished slavery across the United States and 14th and 15th amendments which established equality for African Americans. Although, his strive to get a mandate 8 hour work days for laborers and the end of child...

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