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Joe Reutiman

The Passing of Grandison

In the story we see Dick Owens attempt to free one of his father's slaves for the purpose of impressing a woman. What is the significance of the fact that he is attempting to woo a woman named "Charity?" How does his motivation compare to that of 19th-century Abolitionists in general? Were Abolitionists driven solely by the belief that the inherent rights of all men should be upheld or did other factors play a more prominent role in shaping their motivation?