Brooklyn's Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era: A Ministry of Freedom

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Overview
As the financial capital of the nation, Manhattan had close ties and strong sympathies with the South. But across the East River in Brooklyn stood a bastion of antislavery sentiment--Plymouth Church--led by Henry Ward Beecher. He guided his congregants in a crusade against the institution. They held mock slave auctions, raised money to purchase freedom for slaves and sent guns--nicknamed "Beecher's Bibles"--to those struggling for a free Kansas. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Beecher's sister, wrote the influential "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and Lewis Tappan and George Whipple led an enormous effort to educate freed slaves. Plymouth Church was not only publicly important in the fight for abolition but also a busy Underground Railroad station. Once the Civil War broke out, the congregation helped raise troops and supplies for the U.S. Army. Discover this beautiful church's vital role in the nation's greatest struggle.
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ISBN: 9781609498108
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: New York
Series: Civil War
Images: 70
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
Frank Decker has researched, written and taught the history of Plymouth Church, its congregation and its ministry in support of freedom and civil rights.He's made presentations about the church history to the Brooklyn community and the Conference on New York State History.He also wrote an article on the topic for International Congregational Journal. Lois Rosebrooks has researched, written and taught the history of Plymouth Church. She has made presentations about the church's history to the Brooklyn community and the Conference on New York State History. She is the director of history ministry services and since 2000 has led numerous tours of Plymouth Church.