Wendell Phillips, Case & Getchel, c. 1858

The Radical

Together with William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips led the Anti-Slavery Society. He became its most accomplished orator, espousing a radical doctrine that justified agitation, separating from the South, and meeting oppression with violence. Phillips participated in the national debate over slavery by opposing the Mexican War, the Compromise of 1850, and the Fugitive Slave Law.