Sectional Responses to the Abolitionist Movement


We wanted to examine the abolitionist movement and aspects that influenced it most prominently, and sectionalism is certainly one of those aspects. The way a section of the United States viewed slavery as an institution effected how abolition was approached in that region. In our data set, the aspect of sectionalism is not as easy to find since all of the pieces in the almanac derive from the Northeast. We did find that one common misconception can be extinguished; African Americans were not treated markedly better in the North. African Americans were still viewed as second class, and the attempts of others to fight for their freedom was met with much violence. While it may not seem like there was much difference in how sections viewed and treated African Americans, there is one distinct difference, the North had people who were willing and had the means to fight for the freedom of African Americans. In sections of the South, the culture centered around slavery and the view of African Americans as property. In sections of the North, where culture and education were different, African Americans were human enough for some individuals to fight for their freedom. Let it not be mistaken though, no section of the United States unanimously viewed African Americans favorably. There were just more individuals in the North who valiantly fought for them.