The Religious Justification For Abolitionism And The Civil War

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Members of the county also made contributions to abolitionist thinking in the 19th century. Underground Railroad member, William Sorter, was one of the people who helped to furnish the argument that moral law rendered the fugitive slave act illegitimate. Jonathan Allen made arguments for the religious justification for abolitionism and the civil war. Allen was involved in arguing in favor of the expediency of President Lincoln’s tactics. He was also involved in matters regarding advancing the education opportunities of minorities. Reverend Phineas Smith gave contributing testimonies for the Book, Slavery As It Is, by Theodore Weld. Calvin Fairbank was involved in advocating the notion of impartial liberty, equality, and inalienable rights for all “without regard for race, color, descent, sex, or position”. He advocated these notions in his Biography, but was limited in his ability to publish further due to lack of wealth. These figures were part of the intellectual discourse that helped develop the course of abolitionist thought and related issues in the country.
Abolitionists took an important part in the county’s developing system of education. The county’s main education center, Alfred University, was a host of abolitionist and reform thought. Under the leadership of James Irish, William Kenyon, and Jonathan Allen, Alfred University and its preceding schools were areas hospitable to reform thought. Anti-slavery education figures, such as Jonathan and Abigale Allen,…

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