Did radical abolitionist women abandon the constraints of religion in order to pursue their personal and political goals? The nineteenth-century reformers who are subjects of this book--Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Sallie Holley, Abby Kelley, and Lucretia Mott--did, indeed, reject what they found to be the repressive features of the Christianity of their day. Their religiosity, however, remained fundamental to their world view. In this book, Anna M. Speicher explores the dimensions of this evolving faith, which was critical in shaping their decisions and actions throughout their lives.
Speicher also highlights the leadership that these women exercised within the antislavery community. They were particularly influential within women's reform circles, each women having networks of adherents who looked to her for direction. Reaching beyond the supporting roles women often played, these women, along with their supporters, affected the ideology and tactics of the antislavery movement as a whole.