The Civil War in Massachusetts

In the years leading up to the Civil War, Massachusetts was a center of abolitionist activity. Two prominent abolitionists from the state were Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison who founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1832. The movement increased antagonism over the issues of slavery resulting in anti-abolitionist riots in Massachusetts between 1835 and 1837.

Boston was the major slave trading port and most of the wealthy families of Massachusetts traced their wealth to the slave trade. More...

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