‘On the Side of Righteousness’: Women, the Church, and Abolition

Stacey Robertson

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:
‘On the Side of Righteousness’: Women, the Church, and Abolition

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This chapter argues that the cooperative, open environment of the Old Northwest allowed women abolitionists to thrive in church-oriented and political anti-slavery. It explores how Unitarian, Presbyterian, and Congregational women articulated their anti-slavery sentiment within their churches, sometimes trying to build opposition to slavery where none had previously existed. Other women felt betrayed by their ministers' failure to preach the abolitionist message and abandoned them to form new churches. With the rise of anti-slavery splinter churches that supported the Liberty Party, women found spiritual avenues for engaging in partisanship. This increased civic involvement challenged common assumptions about the meaning of public and private.

Keywords: Old Northwest; abolitionist; anti-slavery splinter churches; Liberty Party; civic; public; private; women; partisanship

Chapter.  9750 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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