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Abolition

Am I Not a Man and a Brother?
Am I Not a Man and a Brother?

I speak for your good. We must and shall be free...inspite of you. You may do your best to keep us in wretchedness and misery to enrich you and your children, but God will deliver us from under you. And wo, wo will be to you if we have to obtain our freedom by fighting.

David Walker, David Walker's Appeal, In Four Articles: Together With A Preamble To The Coloured Citizens Of The World..., 1830

Many believed that slavery itself would die a natural death if the slave trade ended. But slavery persisted, and the opening of new land in the Americas actually increased the demand for slave labor. Anti-slavery forces fought for outright abolition and emancipation.

Religious, economic, political, and humanitarian factors came together in the struggle to end slavery. Religious groups like the Quakers and Methodists argued that slavery was a stain on society. Black churches were among the leaders in the crusade to end slavery throughout the Americas.

Advocates of "free trade" argued that the use of paid rather than slave labor would actually result in greater wealth. Black and white defenders of the principles of liberty and equality saw slavery as a denial of these most fundamental beliefs.


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