The Underground Railroad Helped Slaves Escape
The Underground Railroad was a loosely organized network of activists which helped escaped slaves find their way to freedom in northern states or Canada.
William Lloyd Garrison, Leading American Abolitionist
William Lloyd Garrison, the abolitionist publisher of The Liberator, was an ardent crusader against slavery.
Frederick Douglass - Life of the Former Slave and Abolitionist Leader
The life story of Frederick Douglass is in many ways emblematic of the struggle of slaves and former slaves in 19th century America. Douglas escaped from slavery, became a noted activist and author, and was the most influential African-American leader in the 1800s.
The Grimké Sisters
The Grimké Sisters became abolitionist heroines in the 1830s, as the women from a slave-owning family in the South toured New England speaking out against the evils of slavery.
Biography of Wendell Phillips, leading abolitionist orator.
Harriet Tubman Helped Hundreds on the Underground Railroad
Concise biography of Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave, escaped to freedom in the North, and kept returning to the slave states to help other slaves find their way northward.
Violence Over Slavery on the Floor of the US Senate
Tensions over slavery boiled over in May 1856, as attacks in Kansas amounted to a small-scale civil war. And the violence even reached the US Capitol, where a Congressman from South Carolina, Preston Brooks, beat a Senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner. Brooks felt that a speech Sumner gave condemning slavery deserved physical punishment.
The Abolitionist Movement
The abolitionists were considered a fringe element in American life, yet they persisted in the struggle to end slavery.
Frederick Douglass had been born a slave in Maryland, managed to escape, and became an eloquent advocate for the abolition of slavery. This PBS site presents a concise biographical sketch of Douglass.
Frederick Douglass Papers
The Library of Congress hosts a massive online collection of the papers of Frederick Douglass.
Abolition Exhibit at the Library of Congress
The US Library of Congress hosts an exhibit devoted to the abolition movement which features source documents including broadsides, pamphlets, and sheet music.
Abolition of the Slave Trade
In Great Britain a number of remarkable characters worked to finally bring an end to the slave trade. The BBC hosts a site that tells the story of abolition in Britain.
Information about leaders of the abolitionist movement, presented by the Library of Congress.
Frederick Douglass and Independence Day
An eloquent 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass asked what the meaning of July 4th could be for the American slave.