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Abolitionism was the movement that strove to end slavery in the United States. The abolitionists saw slavery as a stain and an affliction on the United States and made it their goal to eradicate slave ownership. Abolitionists produced anti-slavery literature, sent petitions to Congress, and ran for political office. 

Abolitionists Mega Collection: Thought Leaders in the Fight to End Slavery Before the Civil War includes: 

Book 1: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which covers the life of the prominent abolitionist during and after the Civil War. Douglass provides a fuller account of his escape from slavery and the underground railway to freedom. 

Book 2: David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World. Walker (1796-1830), the son of an enslaved man and a free Black woman, was an entrepreneur, abolitionist, author, and anti-slavery activist. In 1829, he published "An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World", a radical call for Black solidarity and resistance to slavery. It raised awareness of the abuses of slavery, encouraged pride in its Black readers, and offered hope that change would eventually come. 

Book 3: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. An autobiographical narrative that chronicles Sojourner Truth’s life as a slave in upstate New York and her transformation into an abolitionist, women’s rights activist, orator, and preacher. 

Book 4: The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements. Born a slave, William Wells Brown (1814-1884) escaped to the North, where he became a prominent abolitionist, historian, novelist, and playwright. His 1863 book portrays the lives of individuals selected by Brown that had “by their own genius, capacity, and intellectual development, surmounted the many obstacles which slavery and prejudice have thrown in their way, and raised themselves to positions of honor and influence". 

Book 5: Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade. John Newton was the master of a slave ship, later becoming a beloved Anglican priest and an ardent abolitionist. 

Book 6: The Past and the Present Condition and the Destiny of the Colored Race. Henry Highland Garnet was an African American abolitionist whose "Call to Rebellion" speech in 1843 encouraged slaves to rise up against their owners. 

Book 7: The Church and Prejudice. Frederick Douglass would eventually become one of the most powerful orators of his day. In 1841, three years after he had escaped from slavery and settled in Massachusetts, Douglass delivered a brief oration on something he had not anticipated: racial prejudice in Northern churches. 

Book 8: Prejudice Against the Colored Man. Rev. Theodore S. Wright (1797-1847) was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City and a conductor on the Underground Railroad. In this speech Wright described anti-Black prejudice as nefarious and wicked and something that should be reprobated and discountenanced. 

Book 9: "Why Sit Ye Here and Die?" In her 1832 lecture, "Why Sit Ye Here and Die?", Maria W. Stewart demanded equal rights for African American women while criticizing both the slavery of the South and the lack of opportunity and equality in the North. 

Book 10: The Experience of Rev. Thomas H. Jones. The author, who was born a slave on a plantation near Wilmington, North Carolina, discusses the religious meetings he conducted as a slave. 

Book 11: "What Are the Colored People Doing for Themselves?" In this speech of 1848, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass makes an eloquent call for self-reliance. 

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