Quakers in Pennsylvania
went on record as being
the first to oppose slavery
with their Germantown Petition of 1688,
just 6 years after William Penn founded the colony
Quakers prohibited members from owning slaves.
first president of the first anti-slavery society
in the United States.
On February 11, 1790,
petitioned the U.S. Congress to
In 1787, the
Northwest Ordinance outlawed slavery
in the territory which would become
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin
, a Signer of the Constitution from Delaware, converted to Methodism,
freed all his slaves and paid them as hired labor
, Congress passed the Slave Importation Act,
prohibiting further importation of slaves
, with the
capture slave trading ships.
John Quincy Adams
fought to end slavery by
removing Congress' Gag Rule
, and defending the Africans in the
Prior to the Civil War,
19 of the 34 States outlawed slavery
New Hampshire 1788,
Rhode Island 1790,
New York 1799,
New Jersey 1804,
and Kansas 1861.
Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God
In 1856, U.S. Senator
helped found the Republican Party
preserve natural marriage
and defend the value of human life, stating in its original platform:
"Resolved...it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those
twin relics of barbarism - Polygamy and Slavery
Senator Charles Sumner
took a vocal stand against slavery, accusing Democrats of having a "mistress...the harlot, Slavery."
On May 22, 1856,
Democrat Congressman Preston Brooks
as he sat at his desk in the Senate chamber and
struck him with a thick gutta-percha cane with a gold head.
Preston Brooks beat Charles Sumner till his desk
, which had been bolted to the floor, was
Blinded by his own blood, Sumner got up, staggered down the aisle as
Brooks continued striking him.
Finally, Brook's gutta-percha cane broke and Sumner lay motionless on the floor.
When other Senators tried to rescue Sumner,
Democrat Congressman Laurence Keitt brandished a pistol
William Cullen Bryant, editor of the
New York Evening Post
, wrote of the Democrat South:
The South cannot tolerate free speech anywhere
, and would stifle it in Washington with
and the bowie-knife, as they are now trying to stifle it in Kansas by massacre, rapine, and murder...
Are we to be chastised as they chastise their slaves...
a target for their brutal blows
Charles Sumner died MARCH 11, 1874, having never fully recovered from those injuries.
Charles Sumner stated:
"Familiarity with that great story of redemption, when
God raised up the slave-born Moses
to deliver His chosen people from bondage,
and with that sublimer story where
our Saviour died a cruel death that all men, without distinction of race, might be saved, makes slavery impossible
Charles Sumner continued:
"There is no reason for renouncing Christianity, or for surrendering to the false religions;
nor do I doubt that
Christianity will yet prevail over the earth as the waters cover the sea."