The Influences and Strategies of Female Abolitionists

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Slavery was a growing problem in America in the 19th century and anti-slavery supporters as well as pro-slavery supporters were fighting to gain as much support as possible. There were many strategies used, but one that was exceedingly effective was the involvement of women. Female anti-slavery abolitionist societies were created all over the North. Beginning in 1833 Philadelphia, Boston, and New York in 1836, spreading to other cities like Providence, Rhode Island, Portland, Maine, and quickly spreading through the countryside. By the late 1830s there were female societies in communities as small as Boylston, Massachusetts, with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants. These local societies were in most ways like the many thousands of other women’s voluntary organizations that were emerging in Northern communities in the early nineteenth century. Female abolitionists were determined to have their opinions heard in a controversial political society dominated by men. One strategy used by female abolitionists was the use powerful oratory to spread the word of the abolition cause. Angelina Grimke was a female abolitionist who toured the North speaking. She had a very large impact on society and shed light on a perspective of slavery that had never been seen before. Grimke was a daughter of a wealthy southern judge and was raised in a prominent family. She used her own experiences to illustrate the evils of slavery. She spoke to crowds of sympathetic listeners, hostile pro-slavery

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