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Jacob Dorn (Committee Member), Barbara Green (Advisor), Edward Haas (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


The United States grappled with the question of slavery, that peculiar institution, for decades prior to the Civil War. One result of those debates was the antislavery movement. Gaining ground in the 1830s, the antislavery movement motivated people to respond to the issue of slavery in the way that suited their conscience. The Ohio River Valley is located on what once was the border line between North and South, and what to slaves meant the difference between freedom and a life of enslavement. Clermont County, located along the Ohio River, was no different than other communities along the border, such as Brown County. Its citizens reacted in various ways. Those who were antislavery founded antislavery societies, published newspapers, and went on the lecture circuit. Those who were abolitionists went further and assisted fugitive slaves in their escape to freedom.

"The Antislavery Movement in Clermont County" looks at Clermont County's history from its founding in 1800 to the height of the antislavery movement. The study shows that, although there are gaps in Clermont's antislavery and Underground Railroad history, there was persistent and aggressive abolitionist activity in the county.

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Department of History

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