Role of religion in the Abolition movement

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What role did religion play (Quakers, Evangelical Anglicans, Dissenters, Catholics) in the Abolition movement?

Religion played an important role in the Abolition movement. The Quakers were staunchly against slavery: “they refused to hold slaves” (Outram 61). The Quakers worked with other Protestants to bring about an end to slavery. Though religion did not provide any the economic reasons for ending slavery, religion did provide a good reason (human rights argument) for abolition. It is doubtful whether abolition would have had a good case against slavery without faith and religion. Furthermore, these groups also provided the space and time for these ideas to be discussed.

Outram, Dorinda. The Enlightenment. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Print.

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