From Anti-slavery Sentiment to Eradication;.

Reasons for the Abolition of Enslavement.

From the Missouri Compromise to the Emancipation Declaration .


The drive to end slavery gradually became the dominant American reform movement from 1820-1863. The new antislavery crusade had a strong sectional character, and the activists criticized human bondage as contrary to the principles of republicanism and liberty, which was accepted as a "necessary evil." Beginning in the 1830's, a number of outspoken abolitionists condemned slavery as a sin and saw it as their moral duty to end this violation of God's law. .


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Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: Third Edition. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2000.

Bedford/St. Martin's. America's History: Fourth Edition. RR Donnelley & Sons Company, 2000.

Davis, Kenneth C. Don't Know Much About History: New York, New York, HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1990. .

United States History Index. Maintained by a history professor and arranged by subject: labor history and agricultural history.

Internet Resources for Students of Afro-American History. This site is indexed and linked to a wide variety of sources, including primary documents, text collections, and archival sources on African American history. Individual documents such as slave narratives and petitions: the Fugitive Slave Act. .

Harriet Beecher Stowe: The most powerful of all abolitionists propoganda was Hariiet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," published as a book in 1852. It sold more than 300,000 copies within a year and became one of the most remarkable best sellers in American history. The book succeeded in bringing the message of abolitionism to an enormous new audience.

John Brown: He was a huge abolitionist who led uprising in Kansas and Virginia.