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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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Practical Righteousness, 1854–1861

Practical Righteousness, 1854–1861

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(p.193) 7 Practical Righteousness, 1854–1861
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Radical Friend
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Nancy A. Hewitt

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640327.003.0008

As the WNYASS dissolved, the Posts turned to less visible ways of advancing social justice. They became more involved with the Congregational Friends, now known as Progressive Friends, which promoted practical righteousness. A series of economic and medical crises also fostered more personal forms of action. The Posts assisted the increased flow of fugitives following the Fugitive Slave Act, but questioned Douglass’s and Nell’s support of armed resistance. Nell eventually persuaded Amy of its necessity. The Posts regularly housed abolitionists, spiritualists, and other activists; cared for friends and family who were ill or impoverished; aided abused wives; and joined protests against capital punishment. Amy accompanied Lucy Stone on two lecture tours, but she spent far more time corresponding with her extensive network of friends and family, keeping them apprized of political and personal developments. Harriet Jacobs, who was finishing Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, regularly sought Amy’s advice and support. After John Brown’s 1859 raid, the Posts helped Douglass escape to Canada, reigniting their friendship. By spring 1861, with the nation at war, Amy helped organize a gathering with Douglass and other speakers to help direct “this bloody struggle, that it may end in Emancipation.”

Keywords:   John Brown, capital punishment, Frederick Douglass, Fugitive Slave Act, Harriet Jacobs, practical righteousness, Progressive Friends, social justice, Lucy Stone

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