This depicts Abraham Lincoln letting free a slave while giving him arms. This suggests that a factor of abolitionism was a need of soldiers.
This depicts a slave asking the question of equality among all races.

Emancipation Proclamation

"That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom."

The Emancipation Proclamation ended the reform movement because it succeeded all of the movement's goals by freeing slaves.


Abolitionism is a reform movement that swept the United States around the 1820s. It's aim was to abolish slavery in the United States. It was greatly influenced by the countries that began abolishing slavery around this time, including Sweden, Spain, France, and Britain. The movement began in the north but slowly started spreading toward the northern states. The religious spirit of the Second Great Awakeneing also contributed towards the movement. People were inspired against the sin of slavery. Theodore Weld and Frederick Douglas were two important abolitionists who gave powerful speeches and helped shape the movement.

Causes: religion, influence of other countries

Effects: ended Slave Trade in British colonies and made it illegal to carry slaves on British ships
Long-term significance: created equal rights for all men, later influenced women's rights movement
Important people: Frederick Douglass- an escaped slave who became an important leader for the abolition movementThomas Weld- great speaker who inspired reform
Connection to earlier time periods: Haiti Revolution- slave revolt in Saint Domingue, which led to elimination of slavery and founding of the state, the Republic of Haiti

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