The Early Slavery Debates

Molly Oshatz

in Slavery and Sin

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751686
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918799 | DOI:
The Early Slavery Debates

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This chapter explains why the slavery debates that occurred in America before the antebellum era did not alter American theology. Operating in a different historical and rhetorical context, earlier antislavery figures, including Quakers and American Revolutionary-era New Divinity theologians, were able to focus their attention on the particular evils of Southern slavery and thereby to avoid conflicts between their antislavery and biblical commitments.

Keywords: Quakers; New Divinity; American Revolution; antislavery

Chapter.  13710 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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