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Who opposed slavery in the US and why?

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Journal 2: Who opposed slavery and why? The issue of slavery grew to be a controversial topic. Citizens began to truly voice their opinions about the institution in the 17th century. The opinions were split into pro and anti- slavery debates. Despite growing abolition support, many saw slavery as integral and necessary part of society. Those that were pro-slavery saw slaves as an investment, an invisible force that supplied the necessary labor for success. According to the supporters, the institution benefited the economy, was religiously justified, and was legally allowed through the Constitution. In contrast, abolitionists vilified the Constitution for allowing slavery top continue, they maligned those who lived in sin for supporting slavery, and the idea that slavery was detrimental to the economy. ...read more.


The anti-slavery economic debate largely centered around the notion that slavery was actually a detriment to the economy of Southern states. In this way, slavery discouraged competition and did not allow for free and open trade with northern, anti-slavery states and businesses. Religious arguments for and against slavery were also a primary justification for their beliefs. Questions concerning the morality of slavery have plagued many an American. Some abolitionists argued that slavery was a sin. They supported their beliefs with the Ten Commandments in which it is stated that they must love their neighbor. This applied this principal to their opinions and decided that it would be breaking the commandment if they were to own another being and subject them to the conditions of slavery. ...read more.


In reference to the new territories, abolitionists claimed that slavery laws, while legally binding in the states in which they were enacted, are merely local laws and have no bearing or legality in the new territories. Thus, abolitionists supported their beliefs through their interpretation of the Constitution. Both abolitionists and anti-Abolitionists held the belief that their opinions, although differing, would benefit all. Abolitionists believed that the Constitution supported the emancipation of slaves, that the Bible condemned the institution of slavery, and that the economy would prosper through the deletion of slavery. Those who supported slavery held the contrary belief that the bible and the Constitution supported slavery and that the economy would fail with the abolishment of slavery. Both groups held the Constitution accountable for the support for their beliefs. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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