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Abby Kelly - Kelly was a leading nineteenth-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She was born in Massachusetts and advocated for the end of slavery and for full civil rights for African Americans.
Abolitionism - Movement to abolish/end slavery in the United States that increasingly gained support in the 1830s, 40s, and 50s.
American Anti-Slavery Society - An abolitionist organization founded by William Lloyd Garrison that advocated the immediate abolition of slavery and supported an active role for women in the movement.
Antebellum period - Era in American history referring to the time period between the creation of the United States and the start of the Civil War.
Anti-slavery Expansionism - The belief that slavery should not be expanded into the territories acquired in the Mexican Cession as proposed in the Wilmot Proviso.
Asylum Movement - American movement beginning in the 1830s and 40s which advocated for recognition of mental illness and for the establishment of separate hospital asylums for the mentally ill.