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Two of the most prominent shoe binder union members were also involved with the Lynn Female Anti-Slavery Society. Hundreds of fellow Lynn residents, women who worked in the textile mills, also supported the abolitionist cause. It was in the factory owners' interest to decry slave labor in favor of their own white wage workers, since the factories would receive more business that way. But employer encouragement does not suffice as an explanation for why such clearly independent female union members would organize to combat bondage.

Society in Abolitionism Immediatism From the 1829 publication of David Walker's Appeal onward, the antislavery movement shifted into a more radical phase as some abolitionists demanded immediate emancipation of all slaves rather than merely gradual steps toward future emancipation in the South and free soil in the new western territories. William Lloyd Garrison sounded the clarion call with his 1831 launch of The Liberator, an antislavery newspaper based out of Boston. Garrison pledged to continue publishing The Liberator until the day that all American slaves were free.

The blacks were then to proceed with a general slaughter of whites. Prosser planned that the Quakers should be one of only three groups of whites-the others were the French and the Methodists-to be spared. Clearly Prosser was not thinking strictly in terms of the color line, and recognized that these groups were friends to the slaves. Christian Women Religion was mobilized to defend slavery throughout southern congregations during the nineteenth century. Yet in the North, the evangelical revivalist movement known as the Second Great Awakening mobilized many Christians to become antislavery activists.

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