Abolitionism was a radical movement that played a key role in the 1800s antebellum period for abolishing slavery. Key members were Frederick Douglas, John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The movement was often entangled with Womens' Rights Movements, due to the fact that women and slaves were both lower in the social order than the average white male in the times. Abolitionists ranged from the moderate to the etreme, from moderate poeple who would read Uncle Tom's CAbin ,to radical "terrorists" like John Brown, who invaded a southern fortress in order to start a slave rebellion.