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David Ruggles - David 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 Douglass, to freedom in the North.
Democratic experiments - In the 19th century, many groups of people formed utopian communities to try out new ways of organizing society.
Denominational college - A college that supports and officially recognizes a specific Christian denomination.
Dietary reform - A series of movements in the 1830s and 40s that advocated dietary changes to promote self-discipline, self improvement, moral reform.
Disunion - William Lloyd Garrison and other radical abolitionists called for the splitting up of the United States because they believed that the U.S. Constitution sanctioned slavery.
Dorothea Dix - Dix was an army nurse during the Civil War who became a key leader in the movement for health reform, the establishment of state mental hospitals, and the recognition of mental illness.