Charles Finney And Oberwell's Contribution To The Abolitionism

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Abolitionism was a well-known movement around the time of the Civil War and its aim was to put an end to slavery. The people of the early nineteenth century viewed the elimination of slavery in numerous ways. Some fought against the end of slavery, some appeared to mildly support the cause and yet others wholeheartedly supported the ending of slavery until their dying day. Charles Finney was a religious leader who promoted social reforms such as the abolition of slavery. He also fought for equality in education for women as well as for African Americans. He was the president of Oberlin College in the mid 1800’s. This college was the first of its kind to allow black and women students. The faculty and students of Oberlin were active supporters of the abolition of slavery and often helped fugitive slaves access the Underground Railroad and make their way to freedom. Finney was also known for his work on resisting the Fugitive Slave Act. To many, it may have appeared as if Finney was a true activist for the abolition of slavery, however, many saw his commitment to leading religious revivals as his first priority. His religious work often overshadowed his work on helping put an end to slavery. Although he may have held spreading Christianity as his primary focus, he did believe that true Christians should never support or believe in slavery. He believed Christians should not be indifferent to slavery, as this, in turn, would be harmful to his religious revival
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