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Radical FriendAmy Kirby Post and Her Activist Worlds$
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Nancy A. Hewitt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640327

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640327.001.0001

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Abolitionist Bonds, 1842–1847

Abolitionist Bonds, 1842–1847

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Radical Friend

Nancy A. Hewitt

University of North Carolina Press

By 1842, Quakers played leading roles in the Western New York Anti-Slavery (WNYASS). When Abby Kelley, Frederick Douglass, and Erasmus Hudson stopped in Rochester and spoke at African Bethel Church, the Posts joined the interracial audience and hosted Douglass at their home. Over the next five years, Amy and Isaac deepened their commitment to abolition and their role in the underground railroad while continuing to advocate women’s rights and Indian rights. Both became officers in the WNYASS, though Amy participated in more behind-the-scenes efforts, such as organizing fundraising fairs and hosting visiting lecturers. Her family obligations influenced this choice as she gave birth to a daughter in 1840 and a son in 1847. However, she now had household help and the aid of her sister Sarah. Still, the continuing economic panic threatened to unravel the Posts’ life. They were forced to rent out their house in 1844, the same year in which their young daughter died. The following year, they joined other radical Quakers who withdrew from the Hicksite Meeting as it increasingly sanctioned those who participated in worldly activism. That decision was inspired in part by their growing friendships with black and white activists, including Kelley, Garrison, William Wells Brown, and especially Frederick Douglass.

Keywords:   abolition, family obligations, Frederick Douglass, economic panic, Indian rights, interracial, radical Quakers, Western New York Anti-Slavery Society, women’s rights

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