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

Allen, William

American Anti-Slavery Society


Anti-Slavery Society of Canada
(1851- )


Barnes, Albert

Barrow, David

Barton, David

Baxter, Richard

Beecher, Charles

Beecher, Edward

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.


Benezet, Anthony

Bibb, Henry Walton

Bingham, Caleb

Birney, James Gillespie

Bolles, John R.

Booth, Abraham

Bourne, George / Sturt, George

Branagan, Thomas

Brooke, Samuel

Brougham, Henry / Brougham and Vaux, Henry Brougham, Baron

Brown, Frederick Thomas

Buckingham, Goodsell

Burrill, James, Jr.

Channing, William Ellery

Cheever, George Barrell

Cheever, Henry

Clarke, Adam
(ca. 1762-1832)

Clarkson, Thomas

Coffey, John
(Fl. 21st Century)

Dexter, Henry Martyn

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

Douglass, Frederick

Drisler, Henry

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."