Who helped end slavery in the U.S.? Take our famous abolitionists quiz!


The Civil War, one of the most brutal wars in American history, helped put an end to slavery. Take our Famous Abolitionist Quiz to see how much you know about the movement that changed the face of America forever.

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Question 1 of 20

During the Civil War, abolitionist author and former slave Frederick Douglass recruited African American soldiers for a regiment hailing from this state.

New York

... Frederick Douglass encouraged his fellow African Americans to join the Union cause and actively recruited soldiers for the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.


Question 2 of 20

She wrote the controversial book "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sojourner Truth

... Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which was published in 1852.


Question 3 of 20

Sojourner Truth delivered this famous speech in December 1851.

"A Day in the Life of a Slave"
"Ain't I A Woman?"
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

... Sojourner Truth delivered the short and powerful speech "Ain't I A Woman?" at the Women's Convention in Akron Ohio.


Question 4 of 20

Harriet Tubman was given this nickname by the people she helped carry to freedom.

North Star
Sister Freedom

... Harriet Tubman was nicknamed Moses, in reference to the Jewish prophet who, according to scripture, led enslaved Israelites out of Egypt.


Question 5 of 20

What U.S. coin has the abolitionst and women's suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony on its face?

50-cent coin
dollar coin
10-cent coin

... Susan B. Anthony's face appears on the dollar coin.


Question 6 of 20

The series of violent clashes between revolutionary abolitionists and pro-slavery groups that occurred in Kansas Territory became known as this.

The Kansas Crusade
Guns for Kansas
Bleeding Kansas

... The fights between anti-slavery and pro-slavery groups were collectively referred to as "Bleeding Kansas."


Question 7 of 20

For his raid on Harpers Ferry, W. Va., John Brown received 200 of these from northern abolitionist groups.

Beecher's Bibles
jugs of whiskey

... A collective of more radical abolitionist groups sent Brown 200 Beecher's Bibles, which were .52 caliber rifles made by the Sharps Rifle company.


Question 8 of 20

John Brown was tried for treason by this state for his raid on Harpers Ferry, W. Va.

New York

... The state of Virginia tried, convicted and executed John Brown for his role in the raid on Harpers Ferry.


Question 9 of 20

Which amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery?


... On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was adopted, officially banning slavery in the United States.


Question 10 of 20

What was the home country of Josiah Wedgwood, the abolitionist famous for designing the "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" medallion?


... Born in 1769 in England, Josiah Wedgwood became famous for his "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" medallion, which depicted an African man in chains.


Question 11 of 20

Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write this song after meeting President Lincoln.

"America the Beautiful"
"Star Spangled Banner"
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

... Howe wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The song was set to an already existing piece of music by William Steffe.


Question 12 of 20

She appears on the 15-cent postage stamp that is part of the Great Americans series.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Julia Ward Howe
Harriet Tubman

... Julia Ward Howe was added to the Great Americans series in 1987.


Question 13 of 20

What year was the autobiographical "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" published?


... Douglass' autobiographical anti-slavery book, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," was published in 1845.


Question 14 of 20

William Lloyd Garrison was the editor of this abolitionist newspaper.

The Emancipator
The Daily Abolitionist
The Liberator

... A passionate abolitionist and a supporter of the women's suffrage movement, Garrison was the editor of "The Liberator."


Question 15 of 20

Afraid that he would be captured and returned to slavery if he remained in the United States, where did Frederick Douglass relocate his abolitionist activities in 1845?

England and Ireland
Spain and Portugal

... Frederick Douglass traveled to England and Ireland, where he continued to give speeches on the horrors of slavery.


Question 16 of 20

Levi Coffin, who helped thousands of fugitive slaves, was often referred to by this title.

The Levi Star
Crusader Coffin
President of the Underground Railroad

... Along with his wife Catharine, Levi Coffin helped fugitive slaves escape. He became known as President of the Underground Railroad.


Question 17 of 20

Manumission, which was championed by Quakers, refers to what act?

trading one's own freedom for another's freedom
a slave owner voluntarily freeing his or her slaves
the buying of an individual slave's freedom

... Quakers were instrumental in promoting manumission, which is a voluntary freeing of slaves by their owner. The movement was especially successful in the upper south of the United States.


Question 18 of 20

Booker T. Washington was granted an honorary Master of Arts degree from this university.


... In 1896, Harvard University presented Booker T. Washington with an honorary Master of Arts degree.


Question 19 of 20

In 1838, the Pennsylvania Hall was burned to the ground three days after this convention took place.

Convention of the Abolitionists of Pennsylvania
Convention on the Immorality of Slavery
Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women

... The Pennsylvania Hall was burned to the ground after 3,000 white women and black women stood in solidarity at the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women.


Question 20 of 20

His "Call to Rebellion" speech was denounced by Frederick Douglass for its support of a violent rebellion against slavery.

Lewis Leary
William Lloyd Garrison
Henry Highland Garnet

... Henry Highland Garnet's fiery speech in support of armed rebellion against slavery was denounced by Frederick Douglass and other pacifists.


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