Analyze two specific events from 1770–1865 that explain the shift in mindset from pro-slavery to anti-slavery. Use specific examples to argue how the mindset was shifting. What events took place that made Americans begin to question the idea of slavery and its inhumane nature? What actions took place to show American attitude shifting?
Two important events that demonstrated a shift towards anti-slavery were the passage of the gag rule and the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
While there are many events that one could pick, the two most important events that demonstrated a shift towards anti-slavery were the passage of the gag rule and the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The gag rule, passed in 1836, mandated that Congress table all petitions that had to do with slavery. Even though the United States had passed the Missouri Compromise sixteen years prior to this, some abolitionists called for an end to slavery on moral grounds. Slaveholders fought back, claiming that the Bible condoned slavery...
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