Who were the most important activists of the abolitionist movement?

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Among the more prominent and influential abolitionists were the founders of the Ameircan Anti-Slavery Society, Arthur and Lewis Tappen; William Loyd Garrison, a liberal newspaper publisher dedicated to the anti-slavery cause; Frederick Douglass, the self-educated former slave and vocal supporter of abolition; John Brown, who lead a violent raid on an armory at Harper's Ferry in West Virginia in an effort at forcefully ending the practice of slavery; Henry Ward Beecher, a pastor in New York; Isabella Barnfree, a freed slave who changed her name to Sojourner Truth; and Harriet Tubman, another escaped slave (along with Douglass), who fled to the north and became active in the abolisionist movement; and Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

There were, of course, other prominent leaders of the abolitionist movement, but the above certainly deserve recognition for their role in eliminating the scourge of slavery.