Abolitionists: Theodore Dwight Weld


1 Note cards in Black Pen & Ink with White Envelopes (reproduction): 

Theodore Weld (1803-1895) 

Was born in Hampton, Connecticut and moved to Fabius, NY with his parents as a young man. Weld attended the racially integrated Oneida Institute in Whitestown, NY. Later, when forced from Lane Seminary (Ohio) for advocating immediate abolition, Weld and his followers, “The Weldites,” entered integrated Oberlin College (Ohio). In the mid-1830s, Weld recruited agents known as “The Seventy” who represented the American Anti-Slavery Society. By 1836, Weld’s vigorous and famous oration had caused the loss of his voice, so he turned to writing as a means of expression. Weld was editor of theAntislavery Almanac, and author of American Slavery as It Is, and researcher of arguments to oppose the “gag rule” which forbade the discussion of antislavery petitions received by Congress. Following Weld’s marriage to Angelina Grimké in 1838, the Welds developed schools that focused on the moral education of children as a means to influence the reform movement. Ann and Gerrit Smith’s son Greene attended the Weld school in New Jersey.

Inducted in 2009 to the

National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

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