This is an excellent essay, but I wish we could be more objective and less hagiographic in our representations about Ellen White’s views on race. She clearly presents herself as a believer in the Curse of Ham theory, which holds that black people have been cursed. See PP 117.2. Consequently, most Seventh-day Adventists up until the latter part of the twentieth century believed in the Curse of Ham theory. Even today, there is not an editorial footnote in this most popular book, Patriarchs and Prophets, that explains that she was a child of her time, that her writings are historically conditioned, that she was not perfect, etc.
Furthermore, she is given far too much adulation for advocating disobedience to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Most everyone in the North openly defied this law. She would have been an outlier, an oddity, if she hadn’t advocated disobedience to the law.