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Abolitionists: Key People

Abolitionists: Key People

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Frederick Douglass
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former slave turned reformer whose autobiographies influenced the abolitionist movement
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Harriet Tubman
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former slave and "conductor" of the Underground Railroad
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Sojourner Truth
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prominent abolitionist and women's rights activist best known for her speech "Ain't I a Woman?"
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Harriet Beecher Stowe
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abolitionist and author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
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John Brown
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insurrectionist who ignited violent slave revolts to overthrow the entire slave system
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Nat Turner
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leader of the most effective slave rebellion, resulting in terror and a wave of antislavery laws
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William Lloyd Garrison
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editor of "The Liberator" and a founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society
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Susan B. Anthony
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women's rights activist who saw parallels between discrimination against women and slaves
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Anthony Burns
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runaway slave arrested and tried under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, leading to riots
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