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Revolution And Emancipation: The Role Of Abolitionism In Ending Slavery In The Americas

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The British anti-slavery movement was initiated by Granville Sharp, who had first focused on securing a judgment from the High Court that the holding of slaves in England was illegal - the celebrated Mansfield judgment of 1772. Slavery in the Americas was suppressed in one territory after another, in events extending over a little more than a century from the 1770s to the late 1880s. The ending of slavery was only secured by the bloody ordeal of a fratricidal Civil War. Abolitionism was a product of the "age of revolution", though the abolitionists often hoped that their goal could be reached by entirely peaceful means. The slave-based economies produced sugar and coffee, core items of the new regime of mass consumption, itself linked to waged labor. The great acts of emancipation coincide with decisive turning points in national life, with the onset of war, civil war, revolution or narrowly-averted revolution.

Keywords: abolitionism; Americas; British anti-slavery movement; emancipation; narrowly-averted revolution



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