Essay on Reverend John Lyle 's A Letter

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Abolitionist thinking in the county took concrete influence from the instances of interactions with people effected by Slavery. In 1828, two escaped slave women spoke at a religious meeting in Rushford about their experiences in slavery. A twelve year old Calvin Fairbank and his family had attended this meeting. Fairbank would claim that this event was the source of his intense anti-slavery views and fervor to help free slaves. In Oramel, former slave and Underground Railroad conductor, Reverend John Lyle, ran a church, which he used as a platform to preach against slavery. From October 1st-7th, 1852, Frederick Douglas went a speaking tour across several towns in Allegany County, accompanied by his friend Asahel Cole and other local abolitionists. In a letter by Frederick Douglas describing his visit, he claims that his anti-slavery message was for the most part well received and that he found instances of the kind church condemnation of slavery that he believed to be rare in the country. A letter by Asahel Cole on the speaking tour describes it similarly, but a little more attention to the negative aspects. He adds a story of one instance during a rest between events, where a pro-slavery individual entered the room they were in, and, unaware of who was in the room’s composition, proceed to expound his pro-slavery anti-black views. Douglas rose from the corner of the room, proceed to interrogate the man and show the faultiness of his arguments, and recommended to the…

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