8.9.5: Draw on biographies to explain the abolitionist movement and its leaders including Theodore Weld, William Lloyd Garrison, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Redmond, and Sojourner Truth.
Theodore Weld's "abandonment of evangelicalism was not written down and formally sealed for all to see" (88); and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had "a failed conversion to evangelical Christianity" during her teenage years (104).
American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, produced through the collaboration of Angelina Grimke Weld, her husband, Theodore Weld, and her sister, Sarah Grimke, had a tremendous impact on the abolition movement when it was published by the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1839.
As Teresa Goddu points out (133-40), it is not hard to see why black writers (and such white writers as Herman Melville and Theodore Weld) in the nineteenth century, particularly during the antebellum era, would find such works attractive literary models for the representation of slavery and American race relations.
Only two days earlier, she had married the prominent abolitionist Theodore Weld. Before the meeting, notices had been posted around the city warning that the building in which it was held, Pennsylvania Hall, would be destroyed by foes of abolition.