Abolitionism



the principle or policy of , especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.
Historical Examples

His abolitionism was secondary to his main mission, his main enthusiasm.
Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman

By Jove, if abolitionism can make your grandma run, I’ll forgive it a lot!
Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson

First, then, we have averred the philosophical connexion of antecedent and consequence between abolitionism and violent reforms.
Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue

“Call it abolitionism, or what you will,” replied his Senior.
Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong

In brief, this novel bred a spirit of abolitionism such as the country had never before known.
The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2) George Cary Eggleston

Such is the danger from abolitionism to the slaveholding States.
Slavery William E. Channing

At the beginning, too, I suppose that his taking up abolitionism made him enemies.
The Copperhead Harold Frederic

At all points we see, therefore, that abolitionism has to do with religion, and religion with it.
Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue

Sumner, head and front of abolitionism but also a great lawyer, came at once to his assistance.
Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

Salem was at that time the center of abolitionism in that section.
Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs

n.

1790, in the anti-slavery sense, from abolition + -ism.

The belief that slavery should be abolished. In the early nineteenth century, increasing numbers of people in the northern United States held that the nation’s slaves should be freed immediately, without compensation to slave owners. John Brown, Frederick W. Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman were well-known abolitionists.

Note: Abolitionism in the United States was an important factor leading to the Civil War.

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