Angelina Drawn to the Abolition Movement





In 1835, Angelina's attention became drawn slightly away from her work in the church to the abolition movement. She began reading literature and listening to speeches given on the subject (Birney 123). She also became involved with the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS). At one point, she felt so strongly about the abolition movement that she wrote a letter to William Lloyd Garrison, an abolitionist who published The Liberator. In the letter, she encouraged him to continue on in his work. She also offered to join him in the fight against slavery, stating, "This is a cause worth dying for" (Sarah). What Garrison did next would change Angelina's life forever. He published her letter in The Liberator without asking her permission, which catapulted Angelina into the forefront of the fight against slavery. Sarah, however, was not quick to follow. She believed that Angelina should not have taken such a stand and should not have been so vocal about it (Birney 126). This troubled Angelina a great deal, and she once stated, "My greatest trial is the continued opposition of my precious sister Sarah. She thinks I have been given over to blindness of mind, and that I do not know light from darkness, right from wrong" (Birney 131). Her dear sister, who had guided her all her life, did not support her during this tumultuous time.

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