The agents of the American Anti-Slavery Society achieved great things. The number of abolition societies more than doubled between 1835 and 1837. Petitioning was a huge part of their work. The sisters watched the events of that time form the periphery.After the exhausting months spent in the preparation of American Slavery As It Is, rest and diversion would have seemed indicated, at least for Angelina, who was expecting a baby. Instead, the summer of 1839 was taken up with an endless succession of houseguests and visitors. While the sisters were preoccupied with domestic issues, the antislavery movement passed through its greatest crisis.
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