The Principle of Equal Brotherhood
David RugglesDavid Ruggles was an anti-slavery activist who was active in the New York Committee of Vigilance and the Underground Railroad. He claimed to have led over six hundred people, including friend and fellow abolitionist Frederick DouglassOne of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movementMovement to abolish/end slavery in the United States that increasingly gained support in the 1830s, 40s, and 50s., which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. A brilliant speaker, Douglass was asked by the American Anti-Slavery Society to engage in a tour of lectures, and so became recognized as one of America's first great black speakers. He won world fame when his autobiography was publicized in 1845. Two years later he began publishing an antislavery paper called the North Star., to freedom in the North., Underground RailroadA secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. leader and NAEINorthampton Association of Education and Industry member. On February 20, 1843, James Stetson wrote a letter to his wife in Connecticut, suggesting that the family move to Massachusetts to join a new utopian communityThe attempt to create a utopian (perfect) community. Reformers in the 1840s experimented with utopian communities as a method for supporting the reforms of the time. called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry (NAEINorthampton Association of Education and Industry). James wrote his letter on a copy of the constitution of the organization.
First look at the original Letter from James A. Stetson to Dolly W. Stetson on Feb. 20, 1843, then look closely at this same letter highlighting key passages
What does it tell you?
Why does James’ want the family to move?
- What was the purpose of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry? Read the organization constitution and make a list of their goals.
1843 Articles and By-laws of the NAEINorthampton Association of Education and Industry (with selected text highlighted and transcripted)