Sylvester Graham – a man with big influence

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I think that a research on Sylvester Graham would help lead our investigation. Sylvester Graham is born in Suffield, Connecticut. He is the founder of Graham crackers, and brought a great health reform in America. The most important thing about him that we need to focus on is his abolitionist movement. He was a minister, which means he had some influence on the community. His political stance is shown in the case in which Flora’s descendants was involved. He was called for testimony and gave the court a handwritten evidence, written by his father, of Flora and Exeter getting married. This supports their descendants’ argument, so we can conclude that he was an abolitionist. This is significant because he was a big figure in Suffield. He had a lot of influence in American cultural diet and political influence over the town and probably the nation. We are researching about Flora’s case that happened in Suffield, and tracing his actions can guide us through the solution of the mystery.

He was also involved in the temperance movement, and he is very likely involved in the underground railroad. I found this book “Abolitionism and American Reform” in Google Books which explains in detail about abolitionism and different people involved in the movement. It mentions Graham as someone who cared about abolitionism and unhealthy diet of Americans at the time. This book also mentions about excessive sexual activity in the South which Graham thought it was unhealthy.

If we research extensively on Graham, we will be able to find out valuable information about his contributions to underground railroad in Suffield, which likely involves Flora. Because we lack direct evidence of Flora in Suffield, Graham can lead us to some clues to solving the mystery of Flora. Also, the book may guide us through the big picture of Abolitionism in America which can give us a general knowledge about 18th and 19th century culture and history. I have googled that there is a lot of information (3) about Sylvester Graham, so it would be a good beginning point of research.

Sources:

https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/first-age-reform/essays/sylvester-graham-and-antebellum-diet-reform

https://books.google.com/books?id=nltwx69GrZEC&pg=PA374&lpg=PA374&dq=sylvester+graham+slave&source=bl&ots=ZgDjQtFIJ7&sig=0Jho0kyJ9Z8UtDxG3M_-hvw3S5Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEt-GS9NLJAhVGjz4KHRP1CfYQ6AEIPzAG#v=onepage&q=sylvester%20graham%20slave&f=false

(3) Basic information about Graham

http://www.biography.com/people/sylvester-graham-21194545

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Sylvester-Graham

http://www.historic-northampton.org/highlights/graham.html

 

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7 thoughts on “Sylvester Graham – a man with big influence

  1. hykshannon

    Very interesting and unique character to investigate on. Since Graham is such closely related to Suffield, is there any things we can do around the town except going online or analyzing the book you found? I think you should add more on other stuff we covered as a class in the past two weeks.

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  2. cxcoco

    Interesting fact that Sylvester Graham, the founder of Graham crackers, is from Suffield.What skills did you develop through the research? You should add more details about finding the contributions to underground railroad in Suffield through the references of the book you found because there may be more extended information.

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  3. vicky19970601

    Good information and lots of sources for us to understand more about Sylvester Graham. you point out that “he is very likely involved in the underground railroad”, how can you tell this from the book you found? Although he is abolitionism but I think this cannot be a strong evidence for this. Add more evidence will have a better support for you argument.

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  4. 16jk

    Good connection between Sylvester Graham and the issue we are dealing with since Graham is a significant figure.
    Why did Graham help Flora’s descendants?
    You need to make clear that which part of Graham will be helpful for our goals.

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  5. frankwxxxx

    Great introduction and biography of Sylvester Graham and how his family related to the Flora’s case. For further investigation, what skill do you think we should develop in order to reveal the reason of Graham helping Flora’s descendants? You might want to include how the story of Graham could help our further research of UGRR.

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  6. tahj56

    I like how you introduced Sylvester Graham and he and his family is apart of Flora’s case. How do you think we can get more people to understand his involvement. Try researching more about why Graham wanted to help.

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  7. bsullivan35

    We should create a Graham family tree so that we can see how Sylvester’s father was the minister who married Flora and Exeter. We should also see if we can find a marriage record of that event. This is also an important research door that you are opening because the idea of keeping the history of the Temperance movement in mind is very important when we conduct other primary source investigations.

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