Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Abolitionists by D. L.

The documentary “Three Abolitionists Who Helped Change America” tells us the significance of three men in particular and their impact on the abolitionist movement. At that time, being an abolitionist was a challenge. David Walker, David Ruggles, and Anthony Burns were all looked up to for various reasons. David Walker used his freedom of speech and press for his abolitionism. David Ruggles believed in the use of practical abolition. He liked more of a direct confrontation towards the topic of slavery. Ruggles owned a bookstore in which he helped hide and protect many slaves and he would often be out by the ports to watch for illegal smuggling. Anthony Burns had the greatest impact when he decided to escape and run from slavery. Only to be caught and jailed. Soon after, he was sold to an abolitionist and gained his freedom. All these men had a great impact on opening the eyes of people who hadn’t realized how important it was to be an abolitionist.
            In the article, “A Departure from Their Place”, we read about how women were involved in various petitions submitted to congress. Also, how the women’s place in society didn’t affect them into doing what they believed to be right. For example, in these petitions, the signature places were divided between Citizens, men, Ladies or even Neighbors, and minors. These petitions showed society where women stood and this didn’t affect the women into not wanting to take action. On the contrary! Once congress decided to disregard the petitions sent in by women, the women responded by sending even more and more their way.
            In class we also took a look at an article titled “Address to the Slaves of the United States” by William Lloyd Garrison. In this article we found what slave owners feared most. One reason being that Slaves knew that their “masters are cowardly and weak, through conscious wrong doing”. A few questions that still remain in my head are why congress would disregard petitions if that was their job. Next, I would have liked to get more into the process of how Anthony Burns eventually made it out of jail and became a free man. Also, how whites reacted to the acts of the three men who were so recognized in the abolition movement.