The True American Revolution – Liberating Enslaved Black America
June 19, 2008
The True American Revolution – Liberating Enslaved Black America During the 19th Century / Early-Mid 1800’s
The Integrated Abolitionist-American Liberation Movement for the Freedom of Enslaved Black Americans by the Abolitionist /Anti-Slavery Movement
A time in history has passed us and has gone unrecognized and underappreciated for many years, nearly 200 years or 173 to be exact.
During this time in Americas past known as the Jacksonian era or the Antebellum era also known as the Abolitionist Movement era, The country was facing changing times during the early to mid 1800’s. There were still many problems and differences between the North and the South.
Although the cities of America were growing during the post American/independence revolution there were still many problems between the northern and southern states of the country. During these pre-civil war times Abolitionist and anti-slavery proponents and advocates were active pursing the “Glorious Cause” Abolitionism – to bring Slavery to an end in the south or throughout the country, although the north was free fugitive slave laws still existed.
In an effort to bring about the immediate end of slavery and have the U.S. government lives by the word s and standards of the constitution of the United States and the declaration of independence. Anti-slavery abolitionist such as William Lloyd Garrison, Fredrick Douglas and George Thompson were orators/speakers or published news papers such as Garrisons “Liberator” newspaper which was a voice of the abolitionist community of the Glorious Cause.
These Abolitionist/Anti-Slavery groups and organizations convened meetings, conventions and strived for the fight to bring an end to slavery against multitudes of oppressive “slave forces”., they served as the freedom fighters of their time. If not for these brave citizens who strived for an the of slavery and slave laws and called for America to live up to the words of the American construction, Slavery in the south may have continued for many more years.
The abolitionist of the 18th and 19th centuries in America served as the revolutionaries who saw the flaws of this country, stood for change and an end to slavery. They gave the country the backbone needed not only to campaign for an end of slavery in the south but give the country a moral and ethical identity to move the country towards becoming a more civil and equality based or equal rights based society.
In essence they defined America’s true revolutionary era, They pressured government and called for an end to slavery, their actions as served as the foundation of President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, and the 13th amendment of 1865 or post civil war-reconstruction Acts towards a more perfect union (of the North and South).
As a testament to these tumultuous, controversial and revolutionary times of change in America, Today we should recognize those in our past who contributed to what could be truly called the United States of America, Abolitionist constantly fought for their rights: The Right of freedom of Speech and their public right to meet and convene and freedom of the press.
In order to create this change revolutionary abolitionist faced Mobs, lynch mobs, protestors and other ruffian opponents which often times turned into conflicts and riots similar to the civil rights movements of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.
One of the greatest milestones of the antislavery abolitionist movements took place or was erected here in the city of Boston. But to the contrary this incident also marks “a disgraceful spot in Boston’s history”.
This Event and incident took place on the grounds of what is now City Hall and Government Center, and a stone’s throw or not to far from the old city hall of the early 19th century which also previously was the State house of the 18th century during the patriotic revolution of the 1700’s.
The time was 1835 and the place was Washington Street (now on government center) at Cornhill, This landmark spot was the place where the Boston Riot of 1835 took place which was a milestone in Anti-Slavery – Abolitionist Movement history where “ The Boston Mob of Gentlemen of property and Standing rioted against an anti-slavery meeting of The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society with William Lloyd Garrison – Publisher of the Liberator Abolitionist newspaper. Through the disgrace of the riot Abolitionist history was created at this spot and at this historic address..The historic location of Garrison’s Office of the Liberator newspaper, the Location of the Antislavery Office and the Hall where Anti-slavery Society, Organizational Group meetings were held.
Details of this Momentous occasion are located at the factxchange.com web site on the Boston Roots web page/blog: http://bostonroots.wordpress.com/
Joseph Edgecombe, Documentary Historian/ Writer/Scholar