Theodore Dwight Weld

Theodore Dwight Weld
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Born(1803-11-23)November 23, 1803
DiedFebruary 3, 1895(1895-02-03) (aged 91)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materHamilton College
OccupationAbolitionist, writer, teacher
EmployerSociety for Promoting Manual Labor in Literary Institutions (Lewis and Arthur Tappan), American Anti-Slavery Society
Known forOne of Charles Grandison Finney's "Holy Band"; leader of Lane Rebels
Notable work
American Slavery as It Is
Spouse(s)Angelina Grimké

Theodore Dwight Weld (November 23, 1803 in Hampton, Connecticut – February 3, 1895 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts)[1] was one of the architects of the American abolitionist movement during its formative years from 1830 to 1844, playing a role as writer, editor, speaker, and organizer. He is best known for his co-authorship of the authoritative compendium American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, published in 1839. Harriet Beecher Stowe partly based Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Weld's text; the latter is regarded as second only to the former in its influence on the antislavery movement. Weld remained dedicated to the abolitionist movement until slavery was ended by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865.[2]

According to Lyman Beecher, the father of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Weld was "as eloquent as an angel, and as powerful as thunder."[3]:323 His words were "logic on fire".[4]

  1. ^ "Theodore Dwight Weld | Biography & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Columbia 2003 Encyclopedia Article Archived 2009-02-25 at the Wayback Machine Columbia 2003 Encyclopedia Article
  3. ^ Allen, William G. (March 1988). Calloway-Thomas, Carolyn (ed.). "Orators and Oratory". Journal of Black Studies. 18 (3): 313–336. doi:10.1177/002193478801800305. JSTOR 2784510. S2CID 145612735.
  4. ^ Monroe, James (1897). "The Early Abolitionists. II. Personal recollections". Oberlin Thursday Lectures and Essays. Oberlin, Ohio: Edward J. Goodrich. pp. 27–56, at p. 55.