As you learned in this chapter, the Second Great Awakening inspired many Americans to embrace the spirit of social reform. Among the social evils that came under attack was the issue of slavery. Fearing the spread of slavery through the West and Southwest, white and free African American reformers worked to halt its progress. In the late 1820s, the abolition movement gained momentum as dozens of publications spread the ideas of abolitionism. Though enslaved African Americans would not achieve emancipation until the close of the Civil War, the early abolition movement captured the Nation's attention and gave a voice to enslaved African Americans. Visit this Web site to learn more about the early abolition movement and how its key players used very different strategies in their pursuit of freedom.
Destination Title: Africans in America
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Start at the Africans in America Web site.
- Click on Enter to enter the site.
- Click on Judgment Day 1831-1865.
- Click on Narrative.
- Scroll down and click on Abolitionism.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go. Be sure to check out all the links on this page as well.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.