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What is Abolitionism?

By September 30, 2012

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Throughout the existence of the abolition movement, the philosophy of its members consistently evolved.

Historian Herbert Aptheker argues that there are three schools of thought in the abolition movement. These philosophies included: moral suasion; moral suasion followed by political action; and resistance through physical action.

Although most abolitionists believed in one philosophy, Frederick Douglass believed in the validity of all three philosophies.

What do you believe was the most effective philosophy of the abolition movement?


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