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a buh li shuh ni zuhm

  • n  the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery

  • If Uncle Tom's Cabin is the fictional masterpiece of American abolitionism, a book Abraham Lincoln would later acknowledge as powerful enough to "cause this big war," then Douglass .
  • In American politics, abolitionism was just beginning to move from the left wing into the mainstream.
  • History, he believes, provided the appropriate issue in abolitionism, which expanded the private privilege of conscience into the public privilege of civil disobedience.

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