Abolitionism is a movement to end slavery, whether formal or informal, In Western Europeand the Americas, abolitionism was a historical movement to end the African and Indian slave trade and set slaves free. The goal of the abolitionist movement was the immediate emancipation of all slaves and the end of racial discrimination and segregation. In the 1830s, American abolitionists, led by Evangelical Protestants, gained momentum in their battle to end slavery. Abolitionists believed that slavery was a national sin, and that it was the moral obligation of every American to help eradicate it from the American landscape by gradually freeing the slaves and returning them to Africa. African slavery began in North America in 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia. The first American-built slave ship, Desire, launched from Massachusetts in 1636, beginning the slave trade between Britain’s American colonies and Africa. From the beginning, some white colonists were uncomfortable with the notion of slavery.
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