Moreover the abolitionists sought to end slavery

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Moreover, the abolitionists sought to end slavery because they knew it was inherently wrong. Frederick Douglass reasoned that “There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him” (3). However, slavery was still rampant throughoutmany states in America because the slaveholders deliberately misconstrued the evilness of slavery. One of these lies was the thought that Africans were inferior to the white race. However, the abolitionists knew that the Africans were their equals in every aspect. Another lie by the pro-slavery side was that slavery was ordained by God. Although the slaveholders often justified slavery using religion, the slaves knew that this was complete hypocrisy. For the Bible preaches peace and love, not of “blood and whips” (Walker 3). Therefore, the religious basis for the slavery supporters was unfounded. However, the abolitionists could use the Bible as a foundationfor their argument. As American Anti-Slavery Society asserted, “every American citizen, who detains a human being in involuntary bondage as his property, is, according to Scripture… a man-stealer” (3). Overall, the abolitionists knew that subjecting another human to slavery, especially on the basis of race, was wrong. They knew that it was time for a monumental reform of American society in regards to racial prejudice.
After establishing that the white race had no right to subject the Africans to slavery, the abolitionists were ready to demand freedom. They felt that they deserved freedom in America even more than white people because they enriched it with their blood and tears (Walker 4). Theyfelt that they performed all of the hard labor that led to riches for the whites in America. Similar to the colonists during the American Revolution, the slaves felt that they were entitled to inalienable rights. The members of the Anti-Slavery Society cited the cornerstone of American liberty “that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (1). As inhabitants of the United States, they felt that they deserved equal citizenship to white citizens due to the remarkable contributions they made to the country. With this in mind, they knew that they must demand the rights and liberties that they deserved. However, because many abolitionists were very religious, they would not fight with weapons. Rather than resulting to violence, the American Anti-Slavery Society stated in their declaration that they would stand up for justice civilly by relying on God to get them through the storm (2). They wanted to be uniquein their fight for freedom by fighting “moral corruption” with “moral purity… the overthrow of prejudice by the power of love and the abolition of slavery by the spirti of repentance” (American Anti-Slavery Society 2). Although there would be a long, difficult road ahead, the abolitionists were secure in their faith that justice would prevail.

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