How Abolitionists were Effective

HowAbolitionists were Effective

HowAbolitionists were Effective

Theabolitionists became effective in the fight for the abolition ofslave trade through several means. One of the ways that theabolitionist effectively succeeded in their goals was the formationof anti-slave societies. This method allowed the abolitionist toassociate and form movements that voiced their cause. For instance,the early abolitionists established the AmericanColonization Society, which succeeded in assisting the willing freeslaves to immigrate to Africa (Ferrell,2006). Among other voices was appealing to the Congress to abolishslavery in America. While such organizations were not fullysuccessful, their formation and activities formed a statement to theAmerican population that slavery was evil.

Amongthe most prominent means of achieving their goals was throughliterature. Antislavery literature voiced their concerns andcommunicated the evils of slavery in the American society. A goodexample is the establishment of the `UncleTom`s Cabin,`&nbspwhichwas effective in the communication of the negatives of slavery(Risley,2008).Another effective publication was the Liberatornewspaper, started by William Lloyd Garrison.The consistency of their antislavery message in the publications madethe methods an effective tool for showing the negatives of slaveryand validating the abolitionist movement.

Moreimportantly, the abolitionists were effective in communicating theirmessage to the world about the evils of slavery. Abolitionists likeFrederickDouglass and Sojourner Truth, wereable spread the word about the evils of slavery to the world(Ferrell, 2006). They were able to create the picture of the evilintentions of the Southerners and made them defensive. The defensivenature and response of the Southerners validated the arguments madeby the abolitionists. While the abolitionists were notinstantaneously effective in communicating their message, theirefforts were effective in achieving their goals of ending slavery inthe end.


Ferrell,C.F. (2006). TheAbolitionist Movement.Connecticut:GreenwoodPublishing Group.

Risley,F. (2008). Abolitionand the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery.Evanston: Northwestern University Press