Women Abolitionists and the Dissenting Tradition

Julie Roy Jeffrey

in Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790–1865

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585489
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728969 | DOI:
Women Abolitionists and the Dissenting Tradition

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While this chapter acknowledges the influence of evangelical religion on female abolitionism, it argues that anti-slavery women also exploited traditions of dissent that stretched back to Puritanism and the Reformation itself. These traditions helped women to make sense of the opposition they encountered, energized them in difficult times, and provided them with a powerful way to critique the failure of American churches to embrace abolitionism. Yet those same traditions complicated their work, especially the lucrative fairs that they sponsored to support their cause.

Keywords: dissent; Puritanism; female abolitionism; Reformation; fairs; American churches; anti-slavery women

Chapter.  11477 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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