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American Antislavery Society

On 4 December 1833, William Lloyd Garrison, James Birney, Robert Purvis, Arthur Tappan, Theodore Weld, Wendell Phillips, and 55 others founded this organization to campaign for abolitionism. It publicized its views through the  Liberator. The society split between followers of Garrison, who advocated the immediate end of slavery and denied that it deserved any constitutional protections, and supporters of Birney, who favored gradual abolition legally accomplished by political means. Most of its members belonged to the Garrison camp.