Antislavery: The Abolitionist Movement

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Earlier antislavery movements proposed for a slow emancipation of slaves. However, the abolitionist movement called for immediate emancipation of all slaves. This made the movement more radical, and ultimately arose hostility between the Northern and Southern States (History.com, 2009). Previous antislavery advocates thought that a gradual emancipation was best in order to remain peace between the states. Other free-soil activists thought that slavery should be designated to certain areas only, freeing those residing outside of those areas. This view hoped to prevent the spread of slavery to the newer western territories. Both of these viewpoints ultimately failed (History.com, 2009). The more radical view of abolishing all slavery immediately,

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