Atlantic World’s Race-Based Slavery Abolished In t

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Question: Why was the Atlantic world’s race-based slavery abolished in the 19th century? For the capitalist economy that the Atlantic world was presenting, slavery was an essential source for profit. However, the act of slavery was soon looked down upon as the enlightenment ideas of natural rights, religious ideas pertaining to slavery as sin, and universal freedom, opposed the idea of slavery altogether. The elimination of slavery marked the era of social change. With time, the concerns over slavery became a controversy of the morality verse the importance of it. In the first document, Thomas Jefferson explains the exploitation of discrimination among the slaves by writing, “The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other” (Document 1, Thomas Jefferson Wrestles with Slavery, 1785, p 387). He also testifies that the exploitation belittles a man, “The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved by such circumstances” (Document 1, Thomas Jefferson Wrestles with Slavery, 1785, 388). Slavery was also frowned upon because of the religious aspects of it being sinful and discriminatory. ‘…a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just” (Document 1, Thomas Jefferson Wrestles with Slavery, 1785, 388). They assumed that the ruthless behavior and unholy operations for the practice of slavery would unleash the wrath of the Heavens upon them as a consequence of their inhumane actions. The abolition of slavery occurred as the government abolished laws. Through it all however, the abolition of slavery resulted because of the influence, actions, and will of the
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