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1. The act or an instance of emancipating.
2. The condition of being emancipated.

e·man′ci·pa′tion·ist n.
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(ɪˌmæn səˈpeɪ ʃə nɪst)

a person who advocates emancipation, esp. from slavery.
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Noun1.emancipationist - a reformer who favors abolishing slaveryemancipationist - a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer - a disputant who advocates reform
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You are deceived by the representations of the emancipationists. The greater part of my slaves are much attached to me.
Given, however, the Democratic party's continued strength among white Southern voters and Bryan's political alliance with avowed racists such as Ben Tillman, Bryan's version of an emancipationist vision of the Civil War proved an evanescent moment.
aftermath was striking for its resolutely redemptive, emancipationist
They have largely depended upon a certain (utopian) horizon toward which the emancipationist history is imagined to be moving.
(51) Thus, to the extent that one attempts to criticize the classical Zionist/center-focused notion of "negation of galut" on the basis of its departure of from previous Jewish conceptuality, such critique will necessarily fail if one does not simultaneously criticize the modern Emancipationist stance on the same basis.
One of the key questions for colonial governors during the later 1840s and 1850s, then, was how to perpetuate the legacy of humanitarian colonial governance, inherited from the emancipationist, evangelical 1830s and early 1840s.
The Shaw Memorial enshrines a more partisan, contested, and emancipationist vision of Civil War memory.
In his recent study Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination, Jonathan Gray argues that the literature produced by the white writers Robert Penn Warren, Norman Mailer, Eudora Welty and William Styron during the civil rights movement "permitted the successful recuperation of the premise of white American innocence at precisely the moment when a reinvigorated emancipationist narrative--the civil rights narrative-- challenged the basis of that innocence.
Bridging between the United States and Britain, as well as between the abolitionist and emancipationist movements, this collection has ambitious aims.
Over succeeding decades, white Kentuckians' memory of the war would be less challenged by ideological conflicts between Unionist and Emancipationist politics than was true for whites in most other states.
The stress on inclusivity, to the extent that this means official recognition for the predominantly African American emancipationist memory of the Civil War, has already irked right-wingers in the South.
As Blight makes clear, while the new racial dispensation spoke of sectional comity, the process--both the sectional reconciliation and the new history that fostered it-was contested, as black people and their emancipationist allies resisted the new regime.