Abolitionists The two factions:

Read the passage below and answer the question

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.

6 responses

  1. Kayshanna

    I think slavery need’s to end right away. Because one group of abolitionists wanted to see slavery ended gradually.The other wanted slavery stopped immediatly,even if violence became neces- sary to accomplish the goal. The abolitionists printed antislavery newspaper and helped runaway slaves gain their freedom. I think it should have ended gradually I think it should have ended peacefully not with violnence

    March 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

  2. isaiahb

    the abolitionist try to end slavery i’d rather slavery being over right away and that would mean that none of are ancestors would not ever got’n slaved and pushed around & slaved around there probably would’ve never had a boat called the amistad and africans would’ve never had to cut down sugar canes all day and night and get fed when the spanish wanted to feed them or when the french wanted to fed them. even tho slavery was that bad i rather slavery get finished i don’t care how many people died i care only about people’s freedom.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

  3. christopher

    I think they should do both. Slaves mad most of the things we have now. But slavery was brutal . If we did end slavery that will be good and bad. Many will die if we go out to war so both was is brutal. They was treated like anlimals. Their kids will be saperrated from them some will even kill themself. So if we do end slavery many will die all most 1,000,000 people and we don’t have what we need but if we don’t stop it will be dad for the Aricans so I don’t really agrey with one or another becaues they are both wrong. So the Amitsad kinda proves my point.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

  4. Rolando

    I agree that slavery should end what war cause a lot of them are dieing and being wiped. and they were being treated like they animals and they have been poison and hurt. and many northerners opposed slavery. cinque was a brave leader and a great hero as they say. and there homes were broke down. the abolitionists let them go as they set they freedom. i think slavery needed to end immediately cause it was that bad.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

  5. Mark

    I think slavery should have not have ended gradually because millions of people were suffering every day. It was a horrible and very sad thing that there was at that time. I think that slavery should be handled in a far way not a harabole and sad way at that time because it was very very poor people how they were struglling at that time. Slavery was a hard thing at that time to SLaves because they had bean beating if they did not do what they were toldl they were beating in till you see there bones and vines. Everyone whanted slavery to stop. To end slavery it was worth th millions of people dying.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

  6. Mochan

    I think slavery need’s to end right away.The people didn’t want to stop slavery because they needed slave’s to work for they.The abolitionists
    printed antislavery newspaper and helped runaway slaves ware cut or
    palish for running away.Slaves ware killed for escaping there fake
    homes.I think it should have ended peacefully not with violnence.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

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