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Anti-Slavery in North America
Eliminating slavery among Quakers was the first priority, followed by total abolition, finally achieved in 1865. Today many Quakers campaign against modern forms of slavery.
Anti-Slavery: Raising the Moral Issue
Many Quakers wrote well-informed and moving books and articles about the evils of slavery, and its immorality, and many others spoke movingly about it.
Anti-Slavery: Some Quaker Leaders
Quakers contributed to the abolition of slavery in many ways - organisational, financial, academic and activist. Here are some outstanding examples. The work still continues, as slavery persists in modern forms.
(1789-1871) was an abolitionist who helped 2,700 runaway slaves to reach to freedom. He worked on the underground railroad for forty years and was known at the "station master" at Wilmington, Delaware.
This was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by fugitive American slaves on their journey north to “Free States” or Canada. It spanned twenty-nine states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Quakers were active in it.