American Anti-Slavery Society

The American Anti-Slavery Society was the abolitionist organization founded by William Lloyd Garrison and others in 1833. The Society agitated for immediate abolition for more than thirty years, publishing abolitionist materials, petitioning Congress, and hosting anti-slavery meetings, events, and lectures. Former slaves including Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown became major public figures through their appearances at the Society’s meetings. Some members split from the group over Garrison’s radical denouncement of the Constitution in the late 1830s, though the organization remained active until after the Civil War and emancipation.

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