Theodore Dwight Weld (1803–1895) was an American reformer and abolitionist. Born in Connecticut, Weld became interested in the anti-slavery movement as a young ministerial student. As a seminarian in the 1830s, Weld led anti-slavery activities and discussions before leaving the seminary to enroll at Oberlin College. In 1834, he became active in the American Anti-Slavery Society in the Northeast, recruiting and training other abolitionists, including reformers Sarah and Angelina Grimké. Weld and Angelina married in 1838, and in 1839, Weld published American Slavery as It Is describing slavery in the South. The book was a success, becoming one of the most famous and influential abolitionist works of its time.

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