Spreading the Truth
By Sofia L.
Propaganda & Democracy
Types of Propaganda
Some examples include:
*Using communication channels to reach a variety of people was a popular tactic.
*Abolitionists would write complex arguments to change the opinions of politicians.
*They also used simple forms of persuasion, such as posters and voting guides.
*Poetry by William Cowper, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth was a very strong symbol of abolition.
*Large debates, speeches and rallies were held to preach to the public.
*Women and girls stitched and painted inspirational verses of poetry to help out the abolition cause.
*Hundreds of petitions were created with thousands of signatures of people who were against slavery.
Symbols of Protests
Emblem of Abolition
This image was printed on all things antislavery to boost the cause. It was used as the symbol of the Abolitionist Movement. The quote on this emblem states "Am I not a man and a brother…", referring to the statement that all men were created equal.
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A Defining Image
This drawing was discovered by Thomas Clarkson. It shows 482 slaves packed tightly into one ship for a long voyage. Clarkson recalled this image to be "an instantaneous impression of horror on all who saw it." The responses to this diagram reached people in ways words could never come close to. In recognition of that, copies of the drawing were distributed throughout the campaign to unmask the cruelty of slavery.