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The Antebellum Slavery Debate

Molly Oshatz

in Slavery and Sin

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751686
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918799 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751686.003.0003
The Antebellum Slavery Debate

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This chapter turns to the antebellum slavery debate and explains why strategies used by earlier antislavery Christians failed under the pressure of aggressive antebellum proslavery. Chapter 3 contends that making a biblical case against slavery in the antebellum context forced antislavery Protestants to acknowledge that moral progress had altered the meaning of the Bible. This chapter also details the role of Christian abolitionists and African American religious leaders, as well as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in the slavery debate.

Keywords: slavery debate; Bible; abolitionists; proslavery; African American; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Chapter.  9757 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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