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The Religious Roots of Abolition

By Maffly-Kipp, Laurie F. (NHC Fellow, 1993–94)

Christianity was a central feature of nineteenth-century American life for both slaveholders and anti-slavery activists. To argue persuasively against slavery, abolitionists had to find ways to use the Bible and Christian tradition, along with American patriotic and domestic ideals, to make their case.

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