The Abolitionist Movement in 18th Century American Literature.
In a letter to William Lloyd Garrison dated November 24, 1863, John Greenleaf Whittier comments on his joy over the "prospect of the speedy emancipation of the slaves of the United States". He also declares "I set a higher value on my name as appended to the Antislavery Declaration of 1833 than on the title-page of any book". Whittier, a Quaker, farmer, and poet had long been involved with the abolitionist movement and many times had expressed his opinions on the subject of slavery. In his poem, The Farewell Of a Virginia Slave Mother to Her Daughters Sold into Southern Bondage, Whittier d…
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