One of the most important primary sources, that sparked interested in this topic, is a special document by Charter Oak. In class, the topic of slaves and the abolitionist movement have been frequently discussed, and with these topics we go through several documents, none, however, as impressive as this. To begin, The Charter Oak Vol. 1, lists people who agreed to put their names on the paper in order to show their support for the abolitionist movement. This is important to point out because the fact that it was revolutionary to think that a slave should become a free man, and in this newspaper the people who signed up agreed to become beacons of hope for the belief of freedom. The people on this list were considered to be revolutionary thinkers of their time, the only thing that is close to equivalent in today’s world is people starting to adopt the idea’s of gay marriage. And while the two topics are very different, the truth is that they have similar qualities when coming to people fighting for something they believe in. The writing in the primary source had only encouraged the class’s excitement towards discovering new sources that showed local abolitionists movements. The class had later discovered other cites and people who were linked to this article. Without this we might not have looked in the places that we did. One of the most interesting things about this paper in particular is that they have a man in Suffield, CT on this. The fact that they have a man from Suffield is interesting to say the least because as a class we have been trying to find connections of the Underground Railroad and Suffield. This is one of the first pieces of paper in which the class can see that Suffield was indeed involved in abolitionist movements and has a possible link to the Underground Railroad. The importance of the article is high because of many reasons; one of them being that it is one of the first of its kind, in 1838 it was 26 years before slavery becomes abolished. So since it was kind of a new idea, it makes it important that a section of the article is toward the anti-slavery convention’s beliefs and what they stand for. The people of the anti-slavery convention wanted to make it very clear on what they want for the United States of America, and while maybe at the time considered an unpopular opinion the points that they make are still morally right. The way they plan out there points is similar to that of the declaration of independence in the way that it delineate, making sure to cover all of the topics that they wish to cover. Overall, this document is both rich information and exciting for future research on the topic, mostly because it shows that there is a person in Suffield back in 1838 who believed in anti-slavery. This fact suggests that there is a possibility that the Underground Railroad went through Suffield.
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