r Quakers, always opposed slavery, and were a perpetual and active abolition society, presenting to the national Congress the first petition on the subject.
Other abolition societies followed — in Rhode Island in 1786, in Maryland in 1789, in Connecticut in 1790, in Virginia in 1791, and in New Jersey in 1792.
These societies held annual conventions, and their operations were viewed by the more humane slave-holders with some favor, since they aimed at nothing practical or troublesome, except rtance.
Able and earnest men, such as Weld, May, and Phillips, journeyed through the Northern States as the agents of the National Society, founding State branches and everywhere lecturing on abolition, and were often met by mob violence.
In Connecticut, in 1833, Miss Prudence Crandall, of Canterbury, opened her school for negro girls.
The Legislature, by act of May 24, 1833, forbade the establishment of such schools, and imprisoned Miss Crandall.
Being set at liberty, she was ostracized by