American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society

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The American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society split off from the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1840 over a number of issues, including the increasing influence of anarchism (and an unwillingness to participate in the government’s political process), hostility to established religion, and feminism in the latter. Prominent members included the brothers Arthur and Lewis Tappan, Samuel Cornish, and Theodore S. Wright.[1][2]


  1. ^ Mayer, Henry (1998). "Schism". All On Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery (1st ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 282. ISBN 0-312-18740-8. 
  2. ^ For a discussion of the role the women’s rights controversy played in the division within the antislavery movement, see, Million, Joelle (2003). Woman’s Voice, Woman’s Place. Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman’s Rights Movement. Praeger. pp. 22, 24–30, 33–35, 37, 39–41, 45–48. ISBN 0-8147-5676-X. 

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  • American Abolitionists and Antislavery Activists, comprehensive list of abolitionist and anti-slavery activists and organizations in the United States, including the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Website includes historic biographies and anti-slavery timelines, bibliographies, etc.