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Chapter 14: The Age of Reform

Student Web Activity

"The Abolitionists"

In this chapter you have read about the spirit of reform that swept across the United States beginning in 1820. Some of these movements, such as voting rights and help for the mentally disabled, continue today. The abolitionist movement grew in numbers and strength in the years leading to the Civil War. In this activity you will take a closer look at important people and events in the abolitionist movement.

Destination Title: The African American Mosaic

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Start at the Library of Congress's African American Mosaic home page.

  • Click on Abolition.
  • Read through the page, then, at the top, click on Prominent Abolitionists.

After you have read both pages answer the following questions.

What is one of the earliest anti-slavery publications in the Library of Congress?
Who was Joseph Cinquez (or Cinque)?
What important event took place in 1833?
In addition to being a prominent abolitionist speaker, what other actions did Frederick Douglass take to end slavery?
Use a poster board or large piece of paper to create a poster about famous abolitionists and their publications. Use information from the Web site and conduct additional research if necessary. Include pictures or drawings on your poster, and display your completed work around the classroom.
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