American Anti-Slavery Society Is Founded (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: The American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) was the union of two centers of radical abolitionism, calling for immediate eradication of slavery.
Summary of Event
The tumult of reform and revivalism that swept over the northern and western areas of the United States in the 1830’s and 1840’s produced a number of voluntary associations and auxiliaries. Perhaps the most important of these was the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS), founded in December, 1833. Sixty delegates gathered in Philadelphia to form the national organization, electing Arthur Tappan, a wealthy New York businessman, as president. They also approved a Declaration of Sentiments, drawn up by William Lloyd Garrison, Samuel May, and John Greenleaf Whittier, that called for immediate (as opposed to gradual), uncompensated, total abolition of slavery through moral and political action. In signing the declaration, the delegates pledged themselves to “do all that in us lies, consisting with this declaration of our principles, to overthrow the most execrable system of slavery that has ever been witnessed upon earth . . . and to secure to the colored population of the United States, all the rights and privileges which belong to them as men and Americans.” Like other reform societies of the day, the American Anti-Slavery Society organized a system of state and local auxiliaries, sent out agents to convert people to its views, and published...
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