This chapter introduces the antebellum antislavery moderates, including William Ellery Channing, Moses Stuart, and Francis Wayland. It explores the moderates’ theological roots in New England Calvinism and their predominantly Congregationalist, New School Presbyterian, and Baptist denominational identities. The chapter concludes by attending to historians’ harsh judgments of the moderates and arguing for a more nuanced portrayal of their contribution to antislavery.
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