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The Abolitionist Movement



The Abolitionist Movement
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     challenging words:    abolitionists, antislavery, slaveholder, society, slavery, filed, illegal, bankers, slave, jobs, division, freedom, caption, lead, divide, mill
     content words:    Fredrick Douglass, United States, African Americans, Maria Stewart, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Civil War


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The Abolitionist Movement
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Caption: Fredrick Douglass
 
2     As slavery grew in the South, the number of people who didn't want slavery grew in the North. Abolitionists were people who wanted to end slavery completely in the United States. Some wanted slavery to end slowly. They thought it would end if it wasn't allowed in the new states in the West. Others demanded that slavery end right away.
 
3     African Americans who were free had a large part in this idea of ending slavery. Some tried to end slavery in the courts. They filed lawsuits. Others had people sign petitions. In the 1820s, an abolitionist newspaper was started. In the newspaper were stories about how badly slaves were treated. The writers hoped that these stories would make more people want to end slavery.
 
4     Others called for much stronger things. Some called for African Americans to free themselves any way that they could. Maria Stewart also spoke out against slavery. She was one of the first women to do this.
 
5     The abolitionist that is most well known is Frederick Douglass. He was born a slave. At first, he lived in Maryland. When he was younger, he did not follow the rules. He learned to read when he was a slave. This was illegal under the slave codes.

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