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The Age of Abolitionism

Notable Figures in Abolitionism   Browse more African-American biographies by category: A-Z List Government Officials Civil Rights Leaders Religious Leaders …

Oberlin College

(Encyclopedia) Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio; coeducational; opened 1833 as Oberlin Collegiate Institute, became Oberlin College in 1850. It includes a college of arts and sciences and a well-known conser...

Wise, Henry Alexander

(Encyclopedia) Wise, Henry Alexander, 1806–76, American political leader and Confederate general in the Civil War, b. Accomac, Va. A lawyer, he was successively a Jackson Democrat, a Whig, and a Tyler Democ...

abolitionists

(Encyclopedia) abolitionists, in U.S. history, particularly in the three decades before the Civil War, members of the movement that agitated for the compulsory emancipation of the slaves. Abolitionists are di...

Phillips, Wendell

(Encyclopedia) Phillips, Wendell, 1811–84, American reformer and orator, b. Boston, grad. Harvard (B.A., 1831; LL.B., 1834). He was admitted to the bar in 1834 but, having sufficient income of his own, he a...

Garrison, William Lloyd

(Encyclopedia) Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805–79, American abolitionist, b. Newburyport, Mass. He supplemented his limited schooling with newspaper work and in 1829 went to Baltimore to aid Benjamin Lun...

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

(Encyclopedia) Emerson, Ralph Waldo ĕm´ərsən [key], 1803–82, American poet and essayist, b. Boston. Through his essays, poems, and lectures, the Sage of Concord established himself as a leading ...

Paul Cuffe

Name at birth: Paul SlocumPaul Cuffe was a Massachusetts shipping magnate of the early 19th century -- and probably the wealthiest African American of his era. Paul Cuffe was the youn…

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Biography

abolitionistBorn: 10/9/1823Birthplace: Wilmington, DelawareDied: 1893 (Washington, D.C.) The oldest of 13 children born to Harriet and Abraham Shadd,…