The Abolition of Slavery

By Lily Herreid

Contributors to the end

David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, and John Quincey Adams are all working towards the abolition of slavery. Slavery has already been outlawed in the northern states but that's not enough. David Walker wrote a pamphlet erging some of his fellow African Americans to seek freedom in 1829. Unfortunately, he passed away mysteriously. In 1831, Garrison wrote a newspaper called The Liberator. This got much hate for the anti slavery views and he was also almost killed, but the mayor stepped in. As for the sisters, they joined an anti slavery society and even preached about their beliefs despite being women. Angelina's husband tried to get their ideas into congress. Congress’ pro slavery members tried to make it so none of these ideas could come in, but John Quincey Adams ignored those members and began to write an amendment to abolish slavery.

The End is Near! (of slavery at least)

How former slaves can help

During this time, there are rumors that great speakers against slavery could not be slaves. Fredrick Douglas proved them wrong. As a young boy he learned how to read then later in his life when he escaped slavery, he put this to good use. In 1845 he wrote a autobiography then later wrote a newspaper. Both of these things helped greatly in the push to end slavery. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery, but in 1827, she escaped. She lived with Quakers and fought to get her life and son back. She spoke to huge crowds about her life and anti slavery.

Actions speak as loud as words

Many slaves and abolitionists were not able to speak but wanted to help still. There was a great escape system called the Underground Railroad. This system was not underground and not a railroad but it utilized all modes of transportation to help free slaves. During the day, runaway slaves would hide and then move during the night. Harriet Tubman was a major help to many slaves on this journey to freedom. She was a former slave who escaped in 1849 and later, she helped 19 groups of people reach freedom.