Associate Professor of Religion
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
About the Seminar
How did American Christians in the nineteenth century come to see slavery as something that needed to be abolished?
Christianity was a central feature of nineteenth-century American life for both slaveholders and anti-slavery activists. To argue persuasively against slavery, abolitionists had to find ways to use the Bible and Christian tradition, along with American patriotic and domestic ideals, to make their case.
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- "American Abolitionism and Religion" by Bertram Wyatt-Brown, "Divining America: Religion in American History," TeacherServe® from the National Humanities Center.
- "Address to Fellow Quakers", Benjamin Lay, 1737
- Preamble to David Walker's Appeal, 1830. For more on the Appeal, including discussion questions: "The Triumph of Nationalism/The House Dividing" from the National Humanities Center.
- Mastheads of the Liberator
- Collection box for Abolition
- "An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South", Angelina Grimké, 1836
- The Slave's Friend, 1836
- "The Relation of the Free Church to the Slave Church, Frederick Douglass, 1846
- John Brown—The Martyr, 1870