William Goodell

New York abolitionist William Goodell (1792-1878) helped organize both the American Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberty party. Goodell wrote extensively and edited a long list of antislavery and reform newspapers, including the Genius of Temperance, the Emancipator, the Friend of Man, the American Jubilee, the Radical Abolitionist, and Principia. Upon moving to Honeoye, New York, in 1843, he founded a nonsectarian church based on temperance and antislavery principle. Convinced that even those churches which remained neutral on the slavery issue were anti-Christian, Goodell argued that successful reforms must "begin at the house of God." He therefore urged abolitionists to withdraw from existing churches in his doctrine of "Come-Outerism." Goodell shared common ground with both camps of American abolitionism. Although he differed with the Garrisonians over the value of political abolitionism, the proslavery character of the Constitution, and various theological matters, Goodell shared old organization views on nonviolence and the necessity of attacking slavery on religious grounds. Sorin, New York Abolitionists, 57-62; Perry, Radical Abolitionism, 46-48, 180-83; DAB, 7:384-85.

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