The Silent Helpers

Ashley J

The American Dream

The dream that our great country was founded on is based upon the principle that all men are created equal. If all men were created equal, then why did our nation support the inhumane act that was slavery? If all men were created equal, then why were some judged simply because of the color of their skin, and not treated with the same respect and dignity? These were some of the thoughts that went through the minds of the silent helpers behind the grand scheme of abolition. Although their actions may have seemed small and invisible, they were able to leave a greater impact in the future. The females of this movement were able to bring America back to its core values, and contribute to democracy, through peacefully boycotting slave-grown sugar, protesting through fashion, and writing great works of literature that would forever change peoples' minds.

What Did the Women Do?

I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate,

Was snach'd from AFRIC's fancy'd happy seat;

What pangs excruciating must molest,

What sorrows labour in my parents' breast?

Steel'd was that soul and by no mis'ry mov'd

That from a father seiz'd his babe belove'd;

Such-such my case; and can I then but pray

Others may never feel tyrannic sway?

Poem by Phyllis Wheatley

  • She was a former slave, abused and sold many times before being freed
  • Because she had a natural talent for writing, she was able to raise awareness for the movement through her powerful pieces
  • She wrote many poems and memoirs reflecting her experiences as a slave, and was able to generate empathy
  • Like many other female abolitionists, she regularly spoke at public meetings

DID YOU KNOW: Miss Wheatley was the first black woman to publish a book

Why Did White Women Join the Movement?

  • Many female abolitionists were involved with religious groups such as the Quakers, Unitarians, and Universalists, communities that believed all people were created equal
  • Often times, women also married men who were a part of the movement.
  • Because white females had more rights than black women, they had more opportunities to be educated to read and write, allowing them to be more prepared for the job as an abolitionist
  • They were also more respected, which made it easier when women gave public speeches

DID YOU KNOW: Many people considered it scandalous for a woman to be a part of the Abolitionist Movement because they considered it to be unladylike.

Famous Female Abolitionists