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Historical Issue Analysis and Decision Making: Constructing an Argument for Abolition

Many people living in the United States in the 1800s made an important decision to oppose slavery. Known as abolitionists, these people—black and white, male and female, northern and southern—used a variety of strategies to seek the end of slavery.

Read the exhibit section on Abolition, making two lists as you read. One list should include arguments against slavery. The other list should include strategies used to oppose slavery.

When you have completed the two lists, construct an argument for abolition, using the reasons you have listed and your own ideas. Then choose a strategy for opposing slavery that you think would be effective and explain why you, as an abolitionist, would have employed this strategy.