Studies in Midwestern History

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This article will treat the antislavery careers of Joshua R. Giddings and Salmon P. Chase in three parts. The first part will show that they were exposed to evangelical religion early in their lives and that their religious lives continued to develop throughout their childhoods and young adulthoods. The second part will show what experiences inspired each to become antislavery activists. And the third part will show how religion remained the cornerstones of both of their fights against slavery while working within the American political system. Both themes of this essay—the importance of the Ohio society and environment in fostering and enabling their antislavery careers, and how both of them merged and embodied two distinct parts of the antislavery movement, the religiously inspired abolitionism and the belief that the American political system could be used to effectively fight slavery—will be developed through all three parts.

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