Did you get a chance to watch The Abolitionists last night on PBS? If you missed it, you can watch the first episode here. The series focuses on five nineteenth-century abolitionists–Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Angelina Grimke–and their fight to end slavery in America. As I watched the show last night I was reminded of the powerful role that evangelicalism played in the abolitionist cause. Whatever one thinks about the role of evangelicals in public life, it is clear that they have been engaged in moral causes for a long time.
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