abolitionism

noun
ab·​o·​li·​tion·​ism | \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce abolitionism (audio) \

Definition of abolitionism

: principles or measures promoting the abolition especially of slavery among the New Englanders committed to abolitionism

Examples of abolitionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rooms in the main house feature various aspects of the family members’ lives, with one section devoted to abolitionism, Ms. Brooks said. Carolyn Shapiro, New York Times, "Using History to Provide a Lens Into Today’s Politics," 8 Mar. 2020 During his stay on Lispenard St., Douglass also absorbed Ruggles’ passion and erudition, receiving a crash course in radical abolitionism. Graham Hodges, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "David Ruggles was a friend to Frederick Douglass, the first full-time black activist and a lead conductor on the Underground Railroad," 14 Feb. 2020 Robert Dale Owen became a politician and advocated for universal education, women’s suffrage, and abolitionism at the state level. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 And in the State, abolitionism still lives in its full activity, as Jacobinism; a fell spirit which is the destroyer of every hope of just government and Christian order. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who Would Jesus Lock Up?," 15 June 2018 First, his narrative largely concentrates on events in the North and Midwest, with a special focus on his alma mater, Wheaton College in Illinois, a hub of Christian abolitionism. Nancy D. Wadsworth, Vox, "The racial demons that help explain evangelical support for Trump," 30 Apr. 2018 Racial equality, women's suffrage and abolitionism are political views, too. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Rainbow flag in classroom causes controversy for small Oregon town (Column)," 14 Jan. 2018 Robert Dale Owen became a politician and advocated for universal education, women’s suffrage, and abolitionism at the state level. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 And in the State, abolitionism still lives in its full activity, as Jacobinism; a fell spirit which is the destroyer of every hope of just government and Christian order. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who Would Jesus Lock Up?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of abolitionism

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abolitionism

abolition + -ism

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“Abolitionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abolitionism. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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