Religion and American Slavery

Lesson IV. Black Antebellum Abolitionists Motivated by Their Religion: Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth

Step 7. Contrast

Questions: Prepare for Class Discussion

Even while these abolitionists–Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth–had key elements in common, they each had their unique experiences. These distinctions do not necessarily mean one abolitionist was more worthy, effective, or impactful than another. For example, each abolitionist was located in a different region. Turner and Vesey were in Southern states: Virginia and South Carolina. Tubman was in the border state of Maryland, which was a slave state that did not secede during the Civil War. Lastly, Truth was from the North, specifically New York. What else was different about their stories?

Prepare for class discussion by responding to these questions. Write your answers on your own paper.

  • Which abolitionists believed they experienced revelation?
  • Which abolitionists were free?
  • What was their community?
  • What methods did they use?
  • What were the responses to their efforts?
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