Information on abolition movement.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Specifying where you would like to go with this particular topic would be good.  There is much upon which to reflect.  Discussion could be on the joint work of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, and then the distance experienced between them as their work continued.  Another aspect of the abolition movement could be in examining how it was detested in the Southern Part of the United States.  A movement that possessed such seemingly shared, by modern conditions, views of race and equality was seen in the most threatening of ways in the South.  At the same time, there could be examination in the rhetoric and use of action.  In the name of cause, did some abolitionists advocate violence in the process?  These are all questions and topics that can be explored, which is why more detail and specific points could help in expanding discussion on the topic.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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If you need information about global abolition, you should research Olaudah Equiano because he faced the slave experience in several countries and promoted abolitionist ideals in America and England.  Equiano was the son of an African slave trader, and he was ironically kidnapped by other slave traders and brought to America.  After he gained an education and worked for his freedom, he emigrated to England, where he married a white woman and became a key figure in England's abolition of slavery in British colonies.

William Wilberforce, also an Englishman, is the primary British abolitionist, but many American abolitionists were inspired by his tireless work in England to abolish slavery.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Ben Franklin co-founded the first known abolition movement in the United States, so you can get some information on the early movement from searching "Ben Franklin abolition".  But the serious and organized movement started with William Lloyd Garrison in 1831 with his newspaper, The Liberator.

Other pioneers and movers and shakers in the movement include the Grimke sisters, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Elijah P. Lovejoy,Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman.

Because abolition took so long, and had so many angles and groups within the movement, there is a ton of information out there to draw on.  We can help you more effectively with a more specific question.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a very broad question.  You could get a better answer if you asked a more specific question.

The abolition movement in the United States was not very strong and not very popular.  Most people, including Northerners, did not believe in abolishing slavery.

The movement really got started in the 1830s, due largely to a wave of reforms that started up in that era.  Some major names in the movement were William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child and the Grimke sisters.

The abolition movement never really had much of an impact on government policy.  They did, however, manage to help quite a few slaves escape from the South.  Their main legacy, however, is that they spoke up against an evil system when hardly anyone was doing so.

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