American Slavery as It Is

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American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses
Author Theodore Dwight Weld, Angelina and Sarah Grimké
Country United States
Language English
Subject Slavery and emancipation
Published American Anti-Slavery Society

American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses is a book written by the American abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld, his wife Angelina Grimké and her sister Sarah Grimké, which was published in 1839.[1][2]

A follower of the abolitionist movement, Weld was a white New Englander. His wife, Angelina, and sister-in-law Sarah, were from a Southern slave-owning family; both women were active in the abolitionist and women's suffrage movements. Together they composed this book using many first-hand accounts of slavery and its horrors. The work focuses on the afflictions that slaves faced, covering their diet, clothing, housing, and working conditions. The authors also discussed several pro-slavery arguments. American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses was distributed by the American Anti-Slavery Society, and was very influential in the formative days of the abolitionist movement.

Harriet Beecher Stowe used American Slavery As It Is as the direct inspiration for her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which also became very influential in the movement to end slavery.


See also

References

  1. ^ Weld, Theodore Dwight. "American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses (Electronic Edition)". Documenting the American South. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. ^ Monique Prince. "Theodore Dwight Weld, 1803-1895". Documenting the American South. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

External links

  • Theodore Dwight Weld (1839): American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses
  • Monique Prince, Theodore Dwight Weld, 1803-1895
  • Theodore Dwight Weld (1803-1895), Worcester Women's History Project
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