Category Archives: Antebellum Reform

1856 Republican Party Platform

Campaign leaflet critical of the new Republican Party. The primary argument over the future of slavery did not revolve around abolition, but rather the expansion of slavery in the West. The Republican Party took a staunch position against the expansion … Continue reading

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Prince Hall Advocates for the Abolition of Slavery (1797) Primary Source Document

Prince Hall addresses the African Masonic Lodge in Cambridge, Massachusetts to advocate for the abolition of slavery in the United States,  including the extension of civil rights to Free African Americans. Click on link below to download primary source document: Prince … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass – Fourth of July Oration (1852) Primary Source Analysis with Questions

    Frederick Douglass “Fourth of July Oration” July 5, 1852 The lengthy and poignant speech is divided into three lesson activities complete with analysis questions. Click on the links below to download the primary source documents with reading questions. … Continue reading

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The Cowardly Assault on Mr. Sumner – New York Times article (May 23, 1856)

New York Times article regarding the Caning of Senator Sumner:      Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts THE COWARDLY ASSAULT ON MR. SUMNER. FROM OUR REGULAR TELEGRAPHIC REPORTER New York Times May 23, 1856 Immediately after the adjournment of Congress, today, … Continue reading

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A review of Uncle Tom’s Cabin – July 16, 1853 (NY Times) Primary Source Analysis Activity

This post consists of a literary review of Uncle Tom’s Cabin which appeared on July 16, 1863 in the New York Times. In addition, a set of primary source analysis questions are accompany the article. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Primary Source … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass – The Hyprocrisy of American Slavery ( Abolition speech ) 1852

   Frederick Douglass Home, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass – The Hypocrisy of American Slavery July 4, 1852 Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those … Continue reading

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Antebellum Reform, Abolitionist & Women’s Movements (powerpoint)

     Abolition and Women’s Reform Movement The attached powerpoint provides a brief description of the Antebellum Reform Era of the Abolitionist and Women’s Movement of the mid-19th century.

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