Who Were the Abolitionists?

Who Were the Abolitionists?

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Who Were the Abolitionists? is an autographed paperback.

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Who What Why Series | The Modern Church

In Christian history, the Modern Church has faced turbulence, growth, and reformation. The Modern Church has seen the rise of missions and evangelism. It has experienced brutal wars and oppressive regimes. The Modern Church, too, saw the rise–and fought for the end–of chattel slavery.

During the time of abolition, many Christians chose to glorify God by loving their neighbors as themselves. Believers searched Scripture to find what the Lord has to say about his creation. All humans are made in the image of God. We are to love and care for others. Through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, many Christians learned to sacrifice on behalf of those in need.

Teach your kids about the Modern Church with fun narrative and important biblical truth through the Who What Why series from Danika Cooley and Christian Focus Publications.

Who What Why Series | The Modern Church


Who Were the Abolitionists?

The abolitionists were a group of people who wanted to get rid of (abolish) slavery. This book will tell you about some of them. They came from different places and had different stories, and God called them to serve him in different ways. But they each worked to make sure that a human being, made in the image of God, could not be owned by someone else.

Included are profiles of:

  • Granville Sharp
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Olaudah Equiano
  • Thomas Clarkson
  • William Wilberforce
  • Zachary Macaulay
  • William Knibb
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Tubman

Courageous people do not usually intend to be brave. Instead, God's people use the gifts he gives them to glorify God and to serve others. As we look back upon the lives of people in the past, we see how God orchestrates every event to help his children grow in character and to accomplish a specific role in his story of the world.

Who Were the Abolitionists?, Danika Cooley (Christian Focus Publications, 2023), page 6

Your kids can learn about the lives of the abolitionists, the historical times they lived in, and their work in ending chattel slavery.

In a fun and engaging tone, the Christian biography Who Were the Abolitionists? will take your kids through the lives of ten prominent abolitionists.

Who Were the Abolitionists? chapters:

  • Introduction: For Such a Time as This
  • Chapter One: Granville Sharp (1735-1813)
  • Chapter Two: Phillis Wheatley (c. 1745-1797)
  • Chapter Three: Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745-1797)
  • Chapter Four: Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846)
  • Chapter Five: William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
  • Chapter Six: Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838)
  • Chapter Seven: William Knibb (1803-1845)
  • Chapter Eight: Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
  • Chapter Nine: Frederick Douglass (c. 1817-1895)
  • Chapter Ten: Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913)
  • Timeline

Bond Abolition


Phillis was not the kind of abolitionist who spoke to large crowds about the Bible and freedom. Rather, Phillis found herself proving to the world that she was, in fact, a person.
Who Were the Abolitionists?, Danika Cooley (Christian Focus Publications, 2023), page 28

Who Were the Abolitionists | Biography for Kids Fabulously illustrated by Martyn Smith, the Who What Why series books are each 95 pages long with 8-9 chapters, perfect for your middle grade (ages 8-11) readers. The fun narrative makes each book an engaging family read aloud, but kids will love, too, that they can read the books on their own.

In fun sidebars, your kids will also learn about:

  • The Sin After the Sin
  • This Time in History
Who Were the Abolitionists? is a fun way for kids to learn about ten men and women who worked to glorify God, love their neighbors, and in the process changed history.

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Christian Biographies for Kids | Christian History for Kids | Theology for Kids

"As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight." - Psalm 16:3, ESV  


Christian History Matters for Our Kids.


History matters. Now, more than ever, we see how important it is for our children to know and understand history and the Bible.

Here's why:

    • God is the sovereign ruler of all things. It's important for our kids to see his hand in the history of nations and in the lives of both peasants and kings. 
    • Christian history is the story of our family history. Our kids get to see how people who love Jesus follow him.
    • Understanding history can help our kids learn historic and biblical theology. They learn what the Bible says and what that means for us. They also see when the study of Scripture has taken important turns that have changed the Church. 
    • Reading Christian biographies and history can be a wonderful way for kids to think outside their own time and culture. God's Church spans centuries and includes people from every nation.
    • Christian biographies help kids consider their own faith, walk with Jesus, and the impact their witness may one day have on others--and on history. 


    Elementary-aged kids need middle grade resources that are fun, a little sassy, and that teach valuable lessons. 


    The Who What Why Series is the perfect resource to teach your kids about history, while helping them apply biblical truths to their lives today.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 3 reviews
    Bonnie Rose
    God Can Use Anyone

    Danika Cooley brings the stories of ten abolitionists together to show kids that God can use anyone to accomplish His will and change the lives of other people for the better. The abolitionists featured were all different. They were black and white, rich and poor. Some were free and some were enslaved. But Danika shows that just like Queen Esther in the Bible, God used each person where they were, at just the right time, to accomplish His will for the world.

    I love that Danika not only shares the stories of well-known abolitionists such as William Wilberforce, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman, but also stories of lesser-known abolitionists such as Zachary Macaulay and William Knibb. Whether the gifts God gave each person was an understanding of the law, a way to understand numbers and statistics and share them in understandable ways, the bravery to help enslaved people escape, or something else, He gave each one what they needed to accomplish His will and make a difference in the world.

    Throughout the stories of the abolitionists, Danika shares Biblical truth that kids can learn from and grow in today, no matter their age or situation. They can learn about what happens when people let their consciences be seared, the importance of prayer and trusting God, and so much more.

    This is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend to families.

    Heather H
    For Such a Time as This...

    What a gem of a book. This book follows the lives of 10 different abolitionists who were committed to standing against injustice and fighting for freedom. While I was familiar with some of these figures, others were new to me. Their stories were mesmerizing and important for our children (and ourselves) to hear. These courageous individuals stood up in a variety of ways and God used them to push back darkness and as the book’s introduction reminds us to “rise up for such a time as this,” as Queen Esther did to rescue the Jewish people, her people. You and your kids will come away freshly aware of God’s sovereignty and excited about the role he calls each of us to! Our children need to read stories like this over and over again!

    Tauna M
    Stories of courage and faith

    What an excellent book! I love that I can read the stories of Christian abolitionists — some I knew about and some I hadn't heard of yet — to my children, all while pointing them to the gospel of Christ. These stories are age-appropriate, engaging, and incredibly inspiring as they highlight the heart of God and His providence. I found myself brought to tears several times and praising the Lord for these incredible examples of courage and faith.

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