Becoming a Public Abolitionist

    Abolition began to replace Angelina’s need for organized religion. She “felt it a religious duty” to fight slavery (Birney 149). Angelina’s first step into public abolition, via her letter to William Lloyd Garrison, was an unexpected one. In it she praised and encouraged him to keep up the fight for slavery (South Carolina 123-24). After she had removed herself from the Quakers, she was invited to New York to write and advertise for the American Anti-Slavery Society (Birney 157). The first public meeting in America held for women and by women was the inaugural meeting of the Female Anti-Slavery Society. It was held in a church with Angelina and her sister being the primary speakers (Birney 162-64). She forged new paths for women in public speaking by touring the country, the first American woman to do so (Struggle Against 277). This had the effect of causing the Quakers to refuse allowing abolitionists to speak at their meetings (South Carolina 172). Angelina’s new move onto the public reform stage was to cause massive ripples in America’s beliefs.

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