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What began in late-eighteenth-century Pennsylvania as an elite movement espousing gradual legal reform began to change in the 1820s as black activists, female reformers, and nonelite whites pushed their way into the antislavery movement. Located primarily in Massachusetts, these new reformers demanded immediate emancipation, and they revolutionized abolitionist strategies and tactics--lecturing extensively, publishing gripping accounts of life in bondage, and organizing on a grassroots level. Their attitudes and actions made the abolition movement the radical cause we view it as today.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Antislavery movements United States History 18th century, Antislavery movements United States History 19th century, Abolitionists United States History, African Americans Politics and government 18th century, African Americans Politics and government 19th century, United States Race relations, Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Social change United States History 18th century, Social change United States History 19th century