Enslaved to Presuppositions:
Christians Against Slavery

There's a lot of controversy about slavery in America and what Christians did about it. Skeptics point to Christians defending slavery in the 1800s, ignoring the fact that (1. Christ, as head of the Church, did not endorse slavery, (2. that many slaves--like Frederick Douglass and Samuel Ward--were Christians and (3. the anti-slavery movement was founded by Christians. This page is a repository of Christian anti-slavery literature.

A great resource for this subject is the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection. There's also From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909, The Antislavery Literature Project and Records that pertain to American Slavery and the International Slave Trade from the National Archives.


Adams, Alice Dana
(1864-1934)

Allen, William
(1806-1879)


American Anti-Slavery Society
(1831-1867)

Anonymous

Anti-Slavery Society of Canada
(1851- )

Backus,Isaac
(1724-1806)

Barnes, Albert
(1798-1870)

Barrow, David
(1753-1819)

Barton, David
(1954-)

Baxter, Richard
(1615-1691)

Beecher, Charles
(1815-1900)

Beecher, Edward
(1803-1895)

Congregationalist clergyman, educator. Senior editor of The Congregationalist (1849-1855), and an associate editor of the Christian Union from 1870. Read about Beecher here, here and here.

WORKS

Benezet, Anthony
(1713-1784)

Bibb, Henry Walton
(1815-1854)

Bingham, Caleb
(1757-1817)

Birney, James Gillespie
(1792-1857)

Bolles, John R.
(1810-1895)

Booth, Abraham
(1734-1806)

Bourne, George / Sturt, George
(1780–1845)

Branagan, Thomas
(1774-1843)

Brooke, Samuel

Brougham, Henry / Brougham and Vaux, Henry Brougham, Baron
(1778-1868)

Brown, Frederick Thomas
(1822-1893)

Buckingham, Goodsell
(1810-?)

Burrill, James, Jr.
(1772-1820)

Channing, William Ellery
(1780-1842)

Cheever, George Barrell
(1807-1890)

Cheever, Henry
(1814-1897)

Clarke, Adam
(ca. 1762-1832)

Clarkson, Thomas
(1760-1846)

Coffey, John
(Fl. 21st Century)

Dexter, Henry Martyn
(1821-1890)

American clergyman and author. Read about Dexter here and here.


Douglass, Frederick
(1818-1895)

Drisler, Henry
(1818-1897)

American classical scholar, Jay Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Columbia College. Of Drisler Encyclopedia Britannica notes, "He was ardently opposed to slavery, and brilliantly refuted The Bible View of Slavery, written by Bishop J. H. Hopkins of Vermont, in a Reply (1863), which meets the bishop on purely Biblical ground and displays the wide range of Dr. Drisler's scholarship."


D'souza, Dinesh
(1961- )

Edwards, Jonathan, Jr.
(1745-1801)

Elliott, Charles
(1792-1869)

Fee, John Gregg
(1816-1901)

Fitton James
(1805-1881)

Fox, Charles James
(1749-1806)

Fox, George
(1624-1691)

Fox, William
(fl. 1791-1813)

Furness, William Henry
(fl. 1791-1813)

Garfield, President James
(1831-1881)

Attorney, minister, educator, soldier. 20th President of the United States. Read about President Garfield here, here and here.

WORKS

Garrison, William Lloyd
(1805-1879)

Giddings, Joshua Reed
(1795-1864)

Gloucester, Jeremiah
(1776-1822)

Godwin, Morgan/Godwyn, Morgan
(fl. 1685)

Goodell, William
(1792-1878)

Goodwin, Daniel R. (Raynes)
(1811-1890)

Grant, President Ulysses S.
(1822-1885)

Green, Beriah
(1795-1874)

Gregory XVI, Pope
(1765-1846)

Grimké, Angelina Emile
(1805-1879)

Grimké, Francis J. (James)
(1850-1937)

Grimké, Sarah
(1805-1879)

Grimmelsman, Henry J.
(1890-1972)

Hall, Nathaniel
(1805-1875)

Haskell, Thomas Nelson
(1826-1906)

Hatch, Reuben

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
(1823-1911)

Hopkins, Samuel
(1721-1803)

Ivimey, Joseph
(1773-1834)

Jay, John
(1817-1894)

Jefferson, Thomas
(1743-1826)

Jones, Absalom
(1746-1818)

Keefer, Justus

Kelley, William Darrah
(1814-1890)

Laurens, Henry
(1724-1792)

Lawrence, George

Lay, Benjamin
(1677-1759)

Lea, Henry Charles
(1825-1909)

Lee, Richard Henry
(1732-1794)

Lincoln, President Abraham
(1809-1865)

16th American President. Read more about President Lincoln here and at The Library of Congress.


Lovejoy, Elijah P. (Parish)
(1802-1837)

Lundy, Benjamin
(1789–1839)

Lundy, John P. (Patterson)
(1823-1892)

Marshall, David P.
(Fl. 21st Century)

Matlack, Lucius C.
(Fl. 19th Century)

May, James
(1805-1863)

McDowell, Stephen
(Fl. 21st Century)

McKeen, Silas
(1791-1877)

McLeod, Alexander
(1774-1833)

M'Laughlin, John
(Fl. 19th Century)

Miller, Glenn

Miller, Samuel
(1769-1850)

Miller, William
(fl. 1810)

Montgomery, John Warwick
(1931- )

Morse, Jedidiah
(1761-1826)

Mott, Lucretia
(1793-1880)

Newton, John
(1725-1807)

O'Connor, Arthur
(1763–1852)


Paley, William
(1743-1805)

Parrott, Russell
(1791-1824)

Parsons, Theophilous
(1797-1882)

Patton, William W. (William Weston)
(1821-1889)

Paxton, John D.
(1784-1868)

Pearne, Thomas Hall
(b. 1820)

Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society
(1833-?)

Phelps, Amos
(1805-1847)

Phillips, Wendell
(1811-1884)

Pillsbury, Parker
(1809-1898)

Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham
(1708-1778)

Pitt, William
(1759-1806)

Poole, William Frederick
(1821-1894)

Porter, Noah
(1811-1892)

Rankin, John
(1793-1886)

Religious Society of Friends/Quakers

Robinson, Robert
(1735-1790)

Rush, Benjamin
(1745-1813)

Sarfati, Jonathan D.
(1964- )

Sawyer, Leicester A. (Ambrose)
(1807-?)

Schmidt, Alvin J. (John)
(1932- )

Sharp, Granville
(1735–1813)

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
(1751-1816)

Smith, Gerrit
(1797-1874)

Smith, Goldwin
(1823-1910)

Stevens, Thaddeus
(1792-1868)

Stowe, Harriet Elizabeth (Beecher)
(1811-1896)

Sunderland, La Roy
(1802-1885)

Thompson, Joseph Parrish
(1819-1879)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Pittsburgh

Vail, Stephen M. (Stephen Montford),
(1818-1880)

Vinton, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton)
(1807-1881)

Boston clergyman. Slavery abolitionist.

WORKS

Walker, David
(1796-1830)

Wallace, J. Warner
(Fl. 21st century)

Warburton, William
(1698-1779)

Ward, Samuel Ringgold
(1817-1866)

Waters, R. P.

Webster, Daniel
(1782-1858)

Weld, Theodore Dwight
(1803-1895)

Wesley, John
(1703-1791)

Wilberforce, William
(1698-1779)

Woolman, John
(1720-1772)


Secular Acknowledgement of Christian Opposition to Slavery


Comte, Auguste / Compte, Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier
(1798-1857)

Storch, Heinrich Friedrich von
(1766-1835)

Troplong, M. (Raymond-Théodore),
(1795-1869)

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