Abolition Movement

Abolition Movement

by T. Adams Upchurch


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This powerful narrative tells the triumphant story of the men and women who spent their lives and fortunes trying to abolish the institution of slavery in the United States.

The practice of African slavery has been described as the United States's most shameful sin. Undoing this practice was a long, complex struggle that lasted centuries and ultimately drove America to a bitter civil war.

After an introduction that places the United States's form of slavery into a global, historical perspective, author T. Adams Upchurch shows how an ancient custom evolved into the American South's peculiar institution. The gripping narrative will fascinate readers, while excerpts from primary documents provide glimpses into the minds of key abolitionists and proslavery apologists. The book's glossary, annotated bibliography, and chronology will be indispensable tools for readers researching and writing papers on slavery or abolitionists, making this text ideal for high school and college-level students.

• Contains excerpts from speeches and writings of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, John C. Calhoun, and others, as well as documents from the American Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberty party

• Provides a chronological history beginning with the colonial era and ending with the Civil War, covering every major event in the abolition movement

• Includes a biographical profiles section containing several mini-biographies of the most important abolitionists

• A glossary defines terms used commonly in discussing American slavery and abolitionism such as "chattel," "mulatto," and "moral suasion"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313386060
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Landmarks of the American Mosaic Series
Pages: 195
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

T. Adams Upchurch, PhD, is associate professor of history at East Georgia College, Statesboro, GA.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Chronology of American Slavery and Abolitionism xvii

1 From Common Practice to Peculiar Institution: Slavery and Abolitionism to 1816 1

2 The Emergence of a National Movement: 1816 to 1840 21

3 Growing Pains of the Abolition Movement: 1840 to 1848 43

4 Slavery, Abolition, and the West: 1848 to 1856 67

5 Toward the Civil War: Slavery Meets Its Doom, 1856 to 1865 83

Biographical Profiles of Key Abolitionists 101

Primary Documents 125

Glossary 143

Annotated Bibliography 149

Index 179

About the Author 195

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