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Key Terms and Figures
The immediate end of slavery.
Henry Ward Beecher
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother who had a national reputation
for his oratorical skills, and drew crowds of 2,500 regularly every
Sunday. He strongly opposed slavery and favored temperance
and woman’s suffrage. He served as minister at Plymouth
Congregational Church in Brooklyn, NY
Frederick Douglass
A former slave, was one of the foremost leaders of the abolition
movement, which fought to end slavery in the United States in
the decades prior to the Civil War.
Fugitive Slave Act
Passed in 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act was a federal law that
demanded citizens help slave owners to track down escaped
Isabella Beecher Hooker
Hooker, Stowe’s half-sister, was interested in the status of
women. She became one of the most prominent advocates of
women’s suffrage in the United States. She organized the first
convention held in Connecticut to discuss women in government,
and formed the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. In
1871, she organized the National Woman Suffrage Convention
in Washington D.C. For seven years until its passage, she
submitted to the Connecticut legislature, a bill to guarantee
married women the same property rights as their husbands.
The 19th century system of exploiting people in treating them
and defining them through law as property.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) is best known as the author
of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Underground Railroad
The network of people working to help fugitives from slavery
reach freedom.
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