Abolitionist society
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During the Enlightenment, the concepts of freedom and equality, rooted in natural law together with the conviction that slavery was contrary to Christian teaching, led to increasing criticism of the slave trade in Western Europe. In  North America,  Quaker groups founded abolitionist societies in Philadelphia, New York, and other cities beginning in 1775. The 1780s saw the establishment of the first such societies in Great Britain. There, too, the central role of nonconformist Protestant movements w…

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Bader-Zaar, Birgitta, “Abolitionist society”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016926>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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