The Abolition Movement

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The abolition movement began in the early 1830s. The movement was an effort to end slavery in the United States. These individuals valued and believed that all men were created equal and valued personal freedom. Abolitionists, over time grew more blatant in their demands, fueling regional controversy, which lead to the American Civil War. The ultimate goal of the abolitionist movement was to secure the emancipation of every slave and to end segregation and ration discrimination.
In colonial North America the Quakers stood alone saying that slave owning was not compatible with Christian beliefs. “The American abolition movement emerged in the early 1830s as a by-product of religious revivalism popularly known as the Second Great Awakening…to
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They used these writings and speeches to deliver their message for the country to hear and read. Newspapers and pamphlets sprang up everywhere. “These publications argued against slavery as a social and moral evil and often used examples of African American writings and other achievements to demonstrate that African and their descendants were capable of learning as were Europeans and their descendants in American, given the freedom to do so. To prove their case that one person owning another one was morally wrong, they first had to convince many, that Negroes were human. Yet, even many people among the abolitionists did not believe the two races were equal” (History Net, 2015).There was publications that stated that the slaves should rise up against their masters and defend themselves. This later was seen as too extreme for abolition leaders. Strong words and vivid pictures were among the tools used by the movement’s leaders. The objective of these pamphlets, publications, and images was to shock the nation’s people enough that they would join the movement to abolish slavery. “Realizing that sometimes words were inadequate, abolitionists also spoke through pictures. Images used to further anti-slavery agendas idealized and mythologized slaves, thus elevating the abolitionist cause” (Cornell University, …show more content…
“Radical abolitionists certainly intensified sectional feelings in the antebellum era. Arguing that American society had become incapable of dealing with the “slave power,” which dominated politics in the economy, post-1830 abolitionists called for more confrontational tactics and strategies to curb bondage in American culture” (Library Company of Philadelphia, 2014).
The abolitionist movement was one of high moral purpose and courage; it made the slavery question the prime concern of national politics and hastened the demise of slavery in the United States “The abolitionist movement never gained a truly large following, and it took the 13th Amendment to finally end involuntary servitude in 1865. But Garrison, Douglass and their colleagues kept the issue of race and slavery in the fore, helping to develop the tensions that led to war” (History net,

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