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The Abolitionist Decade, 1829-1838

A Year-by-Year History of Early Events in the Antislavery Movement

The Abolitionist Decade, 1829-1838 by Kevin C. Julius
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The years between America's founding and the cusp of the Civil War are often overlooked in discussions of America's struggle over slavery. The conflagration that nearly destroyed the country did not ignite quickly, but was the culmination of a long-smoldering debate that saw significant developments in those intervening decades. In particular, the period from 1829 to 1838 witnessed the growth of the Abolitionist movement, begun by determined visionaries bent on bringing the evils of slavery to the forefront of America's consciousness and ending a glaring injustice. Attacked by their opponents, scorned by both sides for their missionary zeal, often relegated to a footnote in history, the Abolitionists were key in shaping the argument over slavery and bringing America's greatest internal struggle to its conclusion. This examination of the Abolitionist movement presents a year-by-year outline of the period from 1829 to 1838, chronicling the growth of the Abolitionists as a social and political group. By giving an overview of other important occurrences each year, it depicts the movement in a broader context, cementing relationships between seemingly disparate elements of American history and giving the movement its full due in the struggle to end slavery.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; October 2004
282 pages; ISBN 9780786483754
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Title: The Abolitionist Decade, 1829-1838
Author: Kevin C. Julius