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 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 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 If the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 had been a tipping point, then Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a hard shove toward abolitionism. Jared Brock, Smithsonian, "The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’," 16 May 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 20 Feb. 2020.

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