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Advocacy of the abolition of slavery.

ab′o·li′tion·ist n.


(ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm)

the principle or policy of abolition, esp. of slavery.


the movement for the abolition of slavery, especially Negro slavery in the U.S. — abolitionist, n.
See also: Slavery
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Noun1.abolitionism - the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slaveryabolitionism - the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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It required a degree of courage unknown to them to do so; for just at that time, the slightest manifestation of humanity toward a colored person was denounced as abolitionism, and that name sub- jected its bearer to frightful liabilities.
The literature of the Negro in America is colossal, from political oratory through abolitionism to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Cotton is King"--a vast mass of books which many men have read to the waste of good years (and I among them); but the only books that I have read a second time or ever care again to read in the whole list (most of them by tiresome and unbalanced "reformers") are "Uncle Remus" and "Up from Slavery"; for these are the great literature of the subject.
Even after the Second World War, however, this second phase of abolitionism was met with almost as much resistance as the first.
Though you won't learn many details about, say, transcendentalist philosophy or abolitionism, you'll likely enjoy eavesdropping for two hours on these painfully high-minded Yankee eggheads in search of a national identity.
Until abolitionism overshadowed all other reform movements, Charlestonians participated in a national age of reform, a period, roughly from 1815 to 1830, in which Christian principles were employed against an array of social ills spawned by urban poverty.
The Antislavery Debate: Capitalism and Abolitionism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation(4) captures one of the most important and interesting discussions of historical methodology that has ever taken place in America.
Some, like Andrew Jainchill's sketch of the Huguenot diaspora's role in spreading critiques of absolutism, Suzanne Desan's discussion of the granting of citizenship to distinguished foreigners in 1792, and Denise Davidson's summary of recent work on revolutionary feminism and abolitionism, go over familiar ground and deal with topics where the promised integration of political, cultural, and socio-economic approaches is harder to pull off.
The remaining chapters look at the mental world of capital-punishment abolitionism, capital sentences, and capital punishment law on trial.
That had not gone down well in Boston, ground zero of abolitionism, and large crowds protested.
Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture.
Finney turned revivalism into a science, but he also turned thousands of his converts into foot soldiers for abolitionism.