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Water-cure - The use of water for self-purification. A practice that supports self-discipline and matches the reform sentiment of the time.
Wendell Phillips - As a young lawyer, Philips was converted to the anti-slavery cause by William Lloyd Garrison. He became one of the most vocal supporters of the abolitionist movement.
William Lloyd Garrison - Inspired by the religious revivals of the Second Great Awakening, Garrison became a ardent abolitionist. Through his speeches and writings in the Liberator, Garrison argued for the immediate abolition of slavery based on moral wrongs. He also advocated for the participation of women in the movement.
William Still - William Still was an abolitionist and child of ex-slaves from Pennsylvania.
Wilmot Proviso - Proposal in Congress, made by David Wilmot, that forbid slavery in all of the new territories acquired from Mexico as a result of the Mexican American war. The proposal passed in the House twice but never passed the Senate.