Infinite Power is da ****
- Aug 7, 2002
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The Abolitionist movement began to increase around the Revolution, if not before. Remember, Jefferson's original Declaration of Independence included harsh words on slavery and the slave trade. It was only removed after delegates from South Carolina and Georgia threatened to walk away.GA probably has some better nuts and bolts arguments, but the Abolitionist movement had been going on for about a century before Emancipation - the moral argument for slavery was the africans, et al were lesser humans than whites so slavery was akin to keeping horses and cattle
but the more people heard black abolitionists speak, the harder it became to justify slavery on moral grounds
Slave revolts in the South and carribbean didn't help much (even though they were also used to buttress the 2nd amendment with race clauses)
Some states, like South Carolina, were so afraid of slave revolts that they voluntarily stopped the transatlantic slave trade only to restart it with the evolution of the cotton gin.