Religion, Reform, and Culture (1820-1848)

(From your professor and textbook authors)

Grimke

  1. What comparisons does Grimke see in the condition of women and slaves in antebellum America? How does she describe both in relation to the law?
  2. What is Grimke's attitude twoard religion? Does she see it as a help or a hindrance to women?

Walker

  1. Upon what basis does Walker seek to challenge American slavery? Why do you think he believes his argument has persuasive power?
  2. What obstacles does Walker acknowledge facing in launching his attack? Were you surprised by some of them, and if so, why?
  3. What ideal of American society emerges when you compare these reformers' points of view? What were the limits/obstacles they encountered during this period?

Colton

  1. What audience do you think Colton had in mind when he wrote his denunciation of abolitionists?
  2. What clues to his thinking about the proper functioning of the republic does he provide when he says, of the abolitionist threat, "Fanaticism rules, and not reason"? In other words, what kind of government does he imagine America to have?