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From Slavery to Abolition to the Present

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Slavery is an institution that was created almost as soon as the American nation was born. It was a means of economic and power hierarchy. The institution created a system of inequality between people with different levels of Melanin. It has been fueled by greed and selfishness that has created and left a black cloud over the nation. Abolitionist understood that it was a religious and morally wrong system and decided to put an end to it for the best of the country. This movement slowly changed a society that was molded by greed into accepting and understanding the community that we now live and strive in. The abolitionist movement was a political and social development to end slavery. (Altman) It was the first interracial social evolution in the United States. It started as early as the 1720s when the religious group, Society of Friends or Quakers, published pamphlets expressing their concerns and distaste about the barbaric practice. (Smith) It was brought up again during the Revolutionary War, John Adams and his wife found the hypocrisy in asking Britain for their liberty while taking it away from others. (Altman. “Abolitionist Movement) The movement for most of the whites in that time period was based on the revival in the Northern States of “evangelical religious fever” to end any and all forms of sins. (Smith. Abolitionist Movement) During the time of the 1720s to the mid 1800s, religion was one of the fundamentals that the people of that time had centered their lives around. During and after the Second Great Awakening, many people drove into every belief that they had and the dire need to reevaluate or justify them. Many new religions and practices started to arise and adopt more people to their ways of life. Most ... ... middle of paper ... ...clopedia of African-American Heritage, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2000. African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? Harper Watkins E. Frances. 1854 ”'Liberty for Slaves'." African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? (Smith. Abolitionist Movement) Richardson, Lewis. 1846. “'I Am Free From American Slavery'." African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? Harper Watkins E. Frances. 1854 ”'Liberty for Slaves'." African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? Smith, Robert C. "Abolitionist Movement." Encyclopedia of African-American Politics. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2003. African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?
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