Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Religion and Abolition

At The Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara reviews the PBS documentary "The Abolitionists."
It is a moving and emotional documentary in part because the horror of slavery is so vividly recounted, but also because it reveals and celebrates the audacity and grit of people who simply will not take "no" for an answer. Those who feel that religion is too often used as an excuse for violence and exploitation may take some comfort in the role it played in ending slavery; virtually every abolitionist, especially [Angelina] Grimke and [William Lloyd] Garrison, believed they were doing God's will and that the collective soul of America would never be safe until the slaves were freed.
A trailer for the program:


Watch The Abolitionists on PBS. See more from American Experience.

A brief talk about religion and abolitionism in New England: