The Abolitionist Movement

The Abolitionist Movement

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  • Through the 17th and 18th century, an estimated 6 million slaves are shipped to the US.
  • 1793, Eli Whitney invents cotton gin and slavery becomes essential to southern cotton economy.
  • In 1808, the slave trade to the US is outlawed, and no more slaves can be transported into the country.
  • In the 1830's, early abolitionists lobby for slaves to be returned back to Africa.
  • To Africa!
  • Send them!
  • As the 19th century continued, radical abolitionists rose in numbers and the country had reached a breaking point.
  • Slavery is abolished entirely in 1863 due to the Civil War.
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