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The Abolitionist Movement in the United States The abolitionist Movement was a campaign throughout the United States to end slavery in the 1800s There were many reformers most in northern states that would dedicate their lifes work to the abolishment of this institution The first anti-slavery activities occurred as far back as colonial days The Quakers of Pennsylvania condemned slavery on moral grounds alone Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry both spoke strongly against slavery and tried to have it outlawed in the constitution to no avail Even the principles the United States was founded upon true freedom no discrimination advocated the abolishment of slavery The American Colonization Society was one of the first set groups that actually held anti-slavery protest in the US Founded in 1816 the society thinking slaves would never adapt to the US way of life tried to send slaves back to Liberia They successfully sent a few back but at most was only a small percentage of the slaves actually here One of the first abolitionists Elihy Embree published a weekly newspaper in Jonesborough Tenn His paper was solely devoted to the abolition of slavery In 1820 he came out with a monthly publication called The Emancipator another anti-slavery paper One very influential man in the anti-slavery movement was William Lloyd Garrison At the age of 14 he himself served as an indentured servant After his seven years were up and his servitude paid he became a very passionate advocate in the war to end slavery Garrison became publisher of an anti-slavery newspaper in Boston called The Liberator one who sets free This became one of the most influential journals in the abolitionist movement Garrison was constantly attacked and harassed for his beliefs but never gave in In the state of Georgia alone he had a 5000 reward for his capture He was also an advocate for womens suffrage and helped in Englands anti-slavery movement also In 1833 the American
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