Opinions and Culture

From Slavery to Freedom

Tom Calarco

From Slavery to Freedom – 072312

Our guest is historian Owen Muelder, director of the Underground Railroad Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and author of The Underground Railroad in Illinois and Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society. Owen discusses Theodore Weld, the greatest antislavery orator and perhaps the most influential antislavery activist during the early period of the abolitionist movement. One of the interesting aspects of his research was identifying who the legendary, original 70 antislavery lecturers were who Weld organized and sent around the country in an effort to rally the public to the cause of ending slavery.