Abolitionism by Shmoop

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In the violence that followed, at least 55 whites were shot or clubbed to death before Turner and his over 40 followers (most on horseback) could be stopped. The resulting trials lead to 55 executions and many more deportations. The response to the Nat Turner rebellion heightened tensions and action on both sides. In 1832, Garrison organized the New England Anti-Slavery Society. This pioneer organization channeled northern abolitionists, black and white, into an effective and unified voice for abolition and the aid and protection of free blacks.

Internal Factioning By the 1840s and 50s, the anti-slavery movement was splintering. Many white abolitionists fervently believed in their cause but tried to take control of the movement or approached interactions with their black comrades in a patronizing or inexperienced way. Blacks and whites had seldom worked together on an ostensibly equal plane in national or international history. When escaped slave and author Frederick Douglass began lecturing about his experiences and the importance of the antislavery cause, his white counterparts in the Anti-Slavery Society debated with him about his message.

People supported the colonization movement for many different and often conflicting reasons. Some whites supported any move towards emancipation, or thought that colonization represented a moderate reform that acknowledged the evils of slavery but did not seek the "radical" goal of a colorblind society. Still others thought of colonization as a means of supporting slavery by eliminating the troublesome free black population. Yet these last two groups did not offer the movement much substantial support, as the ultimate goals or implications of colonization were unclear to them.

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