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Oberlin, Hotbed of AbolitionismCollege, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America$
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J. Brent Morris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618272

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618272.001.0001

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We Must Watch and Improve This Tide

We Must Watch and Improve This Tide

Oberlin Confronts the Slave Power, 1850–1858

(p.161) Chapter Seven We Must Watch and Improve This Tide
Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism

J. Brent Morris

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the decade of the 1850s, a period that was both rife with possibilities for abolitionist advancement and full of crushing setbacks to their cause at the hands of the Slave Power. Despite the uncertainty of abolitionist victory, reformers in Oberlin viewed the events of the decade as progress towards emancipation. They believed that the course of truth “is ever accumulative of power” and the moral force of abolitionist gains could never be beaten into submission.

Keywords:   Oberlin, abolitionist movement, antislavery movement, Slave Power

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