This paper examines Unitarian minister Samuel Joseph May and why he was demised in 1842 from his Scituate, MA parish. May served as William Lloyd Garrison’s right-hand man and the co-founder of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, the America Anti-Slavery Society, and the American Peace Society. His presence in print and action reverberate throughout American history but little is said about why he was dismissed from his beloved community nor about how he was asked repeatedly by friends not to return to their churches after giving zealous antislavery sermons in his early career. Using sermons, newsletters, family archival collections, private letters, and published memoirs, I aim to uncover why his abolitionism threatened his congregation in Scituate as well as his friends’ Boston area churches enough to ban him from preaching.
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