Lydia Maria Child Abolitionist Movement Analysis

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Slavery is the smudge that cannot be forgotten in the American history. The slaves were brought from their native Africa and forced to work in the plantations in the South. They stripped out from their human rights because they were considered as properties to their owners. In this paper, I'll try to name some female writers who contributed in the abolitionist movement and how their works raised an awareness around people about the savagery of slavery. The writers are Lydia Maria Child, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Lydia Maria Child was born in 1802 in Medford, Massachusetts. She was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist,…show more content…
She came from a well-known family that supported and continued to support abolitionist movement. Her father is a preacher and teacher at her school. She grew up in the Northeast but lived for a time in Cincinnati and that made her see both sides of slavery debate without losing her abolitionist's perspective. She suffered from the loss of her youngest child because of consumption. She was a successful author and wrote the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" 1852 to depict the African American life under slavery. The success was immediate and more supporters joined the abolitionist movement. By writing this novel, she raised the awareness of the evils of Deep South slavery, and awakened the numb emotions of the Northern States. One more note would be that she wrote this story in response to a law passed in 1850; this law prevented any northern states or its people from helping a runaway slave fleeing the southern states. Its object was plainly stated to be "to awaken sympathy and feeling for the African race; to show their wrongs and sorrows, under a system so necessarily cruel and unjust as to defeat and do away the good effects of all that can be attempted for them, by their best friends under it." (Johnson 220-1) The novel became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. (Stowe and Stowe 189) A lot of historians believe that her novel contributed of the outbreak of the Civil War.…show more content…
She began as an antislavery speaker and came to view racial and gender discrimination as arising from the same causes. Together with Lucretia Mott, she organized the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. She went on to help found the Loyal Leagues to support the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War, and then the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869. The Slave’s Appeal is a dramatic address to the New York State public-at-large, calling upon them to listen to a divinely-inspired call for their moral reform. Stanton adopts a slave’s voice to issue this call, assuring her readers that an antislavery Decalogue has come into force and must be obeyed. She lists each commandment and interprets its meaning in reference to slavery. Stanton argues that slavery’s sin and guilt will be visited upon a passive citizenry: “On the soul of every man, and woman and child, rests the guilt of this Bastile of horrors, so long as they are not pledged with all their power and influence to pull it down.” (Stanton

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