Romanticism and Realism - Romanticism - The Antislavery Movement

3 important questions on Romanticism and Realism - Romanticism - The Antislavery Movement

In 1805 the U.S. Prohibited the foreign slave trade and in 1833, slavery was abolished in Britain with the Abolition Act.
What events resulted in this  ending of slavery?

  • Humanitarian feelings during the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century.
  • Spreading of democratic ideals through revolutions in France and the Americas.

What was the name of a group in the northern United States that was opposed to slavery in the first half of the 19th century?

The abolitionists

Can you name 3 important abolitionist writers in the United States and their works?

  • William Lloyd Garrison, who published an abolitionist newspaper for thirty years, called The Liberator.
  • Frederick Douglass, a former slave that wrote an autobiographical novel that revealed the brutality and degradation of the slavery business, called Narrative of the Life.
  • Most famous, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which turned out to be the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century.

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