Abolitionist Movement Thesis

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Research Question: How did the abolitionist movement impact the slave trade? Thesis Statement: The Abolitionist movement impacted trade by forming and supporting the Underground Railroad, Causing the Civil War, and gradually ending discrimination. The American Anti-Slavery Society was established in 1833, but abolitionist sentiment antedated the republic. For example, the charter of Georgia prohibited slavery, and many of its settlers fought a losing battle against allowing it in the colony, Before independence, Quakers, most black Christians, and other religious groups argued that slavery was incompatible with Christ's teaching. Moreover, a number of revolutionaries saw the glaring contradiction between demanding freedom for themselves while holding slaves. Although the economic center of slavery was in the South, northerners also held slaves, as did African Americans and Native Americans. Moreover, some southerners opposed slavery. Blacks were in the vanguard of the anti-slavery movement. Abolitionist literature began to appear about 1820. Until the Civil War, the anti-slavery press produced a steadily growing stream of newspapers, periodicals, sermons, children's publications, speeches, abolitionist society reports,…show more content…
His opening editorial set the moral tone for the entire abolitionist movement. But perhaps the strongest voice to come out of the white abolitionist movement came from an unexpected source: a “little lady from Maine.” Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a reaction to the lynching of abolitionist editor Elijah Lovejoy in Illinois. The book was first published on March 20, 1852. By June it was selling 10,000 copies a week, and printers worked twenty-four hours a day to meet the demand. By October, some 150,000 copies had been sold in America. It soon became apparent that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was “the best seller of the 19th
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