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Advocacy of the abolition of slavery.

ab′o·li′tion·ist n.
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(ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm)

the principle or policy of abolition, esp. of slavery.
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
The production company -- led by two women, Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis -- is also tackling a feature film on Frederick Douglass, a African-American slave who went on to play a leading role in abolitionism.
Yet Lay's relationship to his body, society's understanding of his body, and the ostracism he experienced as a result of his body do not receive the same attention as his abolitionism. Moreover, his wife Sarah, who was also a Little Person, remains in the background.
That visceral reaction, I suspect, will not be an uncommon one to this provocative -- and ultimately persuasive -- film, which aims to make viewers re-evaluate their relationship to carnivorism not merely by shocking, but by positing that there may be an ethical middle ground between vegan abolitionism and the mindless scarfing-down of burgers from factory-farmed cows.
As Holcomb shows, the free-produce movement was an intersection point for various social and intellectual realities: the Industrial Revolution and the rise of consumer culture, evangelical Christianity and its social activism, ideas of womanhood and the place of women in social action, and African American abolitionism and the development of black nationalism.
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.
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.
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.