Abolitionists The two factions:
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The abolition movement in the United States had two distinct factions. One group of abolitionists wanted to see slavery ended gradually. The other wanted slavery stopped immediately, even if violence became neces- sary to accomplish the goal. The Amistad case unfolded at a time when abolitionists in both factions were making a major push to end slavery. Many abolitionists felt that slavery was a symbol for everything that was wrong in US society. The abolitionists printed antislavery newspapers and helped runaway slaves gain their freedom. Those who favored slavery pushed back, going so far as to physically attack antislavery activists, break into their meetings, start fistfights with them, and even damage their homes.
Many Northerners opposed slavery, but they thought that the abolitionists were too radical. They felt the abolitionists’ uncompromising attitude was bad for the nation’s economy as a whole and would eventually split the Union.
The Amistad issue and the debate it raised divided the nation’s newspapers. Once details of the Africans’ plight became known, mostly Northern, abolitionist newspapers referred to Joseph Cinqué as a brave leader and a hero. Proslavery periodicals, however, called the Africans aboard the Amistad rebellious murderers. The battle lines over slavery were clearly drawn.
Which do you think was the better approach to gradually end slavery over time or to stop it immediately. Remember that to end it all at once would mean great violence and the death of many as proven in the Civil War. However also remember that to let slavery exist was a great evil because millions of people were suffering every day.