Cotton & capital: Boston businessmen and antislavery reform, by Richard H. Abbott

By Richard H. Abbott

Examines the activies and beliefs of a bunch of Boston-area businessmen who promoted the reason for black freedom

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By the 1830s a number of passionate Page 19 reformers emerged, who used powerful and emotional appeals to arouse their audiences to a sense of moral indignation at the evils they claimed abounded in nineteenth-century America. In the 1830s an impetuous and energetic Boston newspaper editor, William Lloyd Garrison, organized the American Antislavery Society to promote the abolition of slavery in the South. Support for this reform spread rapidly through Massachusetts and neighboring New England states.

5 The scholars and ministers of Harvard and the Unitarian church encouraged Boston's business leaders in their belief that wealth brought with it community responsibility. This moral elite, recognizing that the emerging Boston economic aristocracy was destined to dominate the state, sought to encourage it to be socially responsible and to look to them for moral guidance; in return, the moralists would provide the businessmen with a rationale for capitalism and the protection of property. They preached an old Yankee doctrine, that personal prosperity was the result of personal virtue.

Amos A. Lawrence expressed the Cotton Whig dilemma: "Shall we stand by the laws or shall we nullify them? S. " 36 By the early 1850s, Amos A. Lawrence, son of Amos Lawrence and nephew of Abbott Lawrence, had become one of the leading figures of the Boston Associates. His marriage to Sarah Appleton, Nathan Appleton's niece, typified the interrelationships among Boston's elite. Within ten years of his graduation from Harvard he was director in ten corporations and treasurer of a large textile firm with $1 million in capital.

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