Drescher, Abolition, 139-144, 294-311, 322-327
Skim the “Library of Congress, The African-American Mosaic, Abolitionism” to get a sense for the variety of abolitionist strategies in the United States.
Additional optional readings, useful if you wish to focus on the American abolitionists for your essay:
This brief segment from PBS provides useful information.
Identify some of the signs of strength of pro-slavery interests in the United States from the early 19th century until 1860.
What factors led to the emergence of the American abolitionist movement in the late 1820s and early 1830s?
Who were some of the most significant American abolitionists?
What arguments did American abolitionists use to oppose slavery?
What strategies did they adopt to advance their agenda?
How popular were abolitionists among Americans between the 1830s and 1860?
By 1860, how successful were abolitionists in building up antislavery sentiment among Americans?