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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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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.
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.
Older arguments continued to occur with greater frequency than the new abolitionism.
United by their determination to reshape a society that told women to ignore the mechanisms of power, these pioneers converged abolitionism and women's rights.
Papa, the winner of said contest, associated the ship to the song composed by John Newton, a sailor by trade who became a supporter of abolitionism.
This slim volume on the important contributions of African Americans in the Revolutionary era and early republic notably narrates the rise of abolitionism in New England.
She recasts the emergence of immediate abolitionism as an "interracial immediatism" arising from black protest from David Walker to Freedom's Journal.
Revolutionary Emancipation: Slavery and Abolitionism in the British West Indies.
They also look at influences, such as the American Revolution, the rise of British abolitionism, the Haiti rebellion, the collapse of the Iberian monarchies, international pressure against the transatlantic slave trade, industrialization, and the expansion of the global market for tropical goods.
Thus, reflecting on the importance of Black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, the author discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement as she highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.
Brent Morris explores both the symbolic and substantive importance of Oberlin as a "hotbed of abolitionism.
Abolitionism continues to pursue the strategy suggested by Angela Davis, and while disarticulating crime from punishment, it elaborates alternative conceptualizations of crime, critical analyses of law, and radical thinking around the very nature, function, and philosophy of punishment.