Religion And Abolition During The 19th Century Essay

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Religion and Abolition

Throughout history religion has been used for both the betterment of society and to justify the many atrocious actions that man has committed. People have, and always will, twist it for their own personal gains. Nowhere is this more evident than in America, during the 19th century. In the Age of Reform, religion had both a positive and negative affect on the Abolition movement in the United States of America by helping to end slavery in the North and prolonging it in the South.
In the Northern States, the Protestant religions played a key part in demolishing the institution of slavery. The United States as a whole was greatly changed by the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening however unlike the first, this would only split the country in two. No longer could the citizens of the Northern States permit slavery to continue onwards (Southern Protestantism 309). Infact, Northern Protestants were some of the most powerful of the abolition groups. One of these Northern Protestant groups was the Methodist Episcopal church. In the year 1800, bishops of this church met together to discuss the issue of slavery (Methodist Address Calling For Abolition 3). By the end of their conference, they declared slavery to be “ ‘repugnant to . . . the spirit of the Christian religion,’ ” formally condemning the practice (Methodist Address Calling For Abolition 4). Furthermore, another Protestant sect: the Presbyterians also had views on…

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