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All throughout history, and even today, people will have their own positions on certain subjects, in the early half of the 19th century a raving topic was that of slavery. Along with the bringing of the first Africans into America came the controversy of whether it was right to use and abuse fellow humans just because of the color of their skin. The period of opposition towards slavery can be broken down into two periods, a period of antislavery movements prior to 1830 and a period of abolitionist movements from the 1830s until the end of the civil war. Despite the efforts of many in the period of antislavery, the movement just didn’t generate an impact as grand as that of the abolitionist’s movement. The antislavery movement in the long run only aided in the removal of most slavery in the North, where slaves weren’t even really needed, and the colonization of a few Southern slaves in other areas outside the country, while the abolitionists movement led to a war that resulted in the freeing of millions of enslaved people, a truly revolutionary event in American history.
The period of antislavery is easily categorized as nothing big at all, rather just by calm and gentle people that expressed disapproval in the practice and didn’t engage in many activities to do something about the situation. In the North they pled their case, claiming that slavery was an inhumane atrocity and that it should be forbidden. The North, not relying so heavily on the strenuous work of slaves due to the reliance on skilled work as opposed to strength-required labor, agreed with them and removed most of the slave force in the North. However the South remained unfazed by the North’s movements towards a more equal society between races. One “solution” that they did suggest and attempt to implement was in colonization. They wanted to gather up the African American slaves and take them to areas in Africa and the Caribbean where they could form colonies and do as they wish. A group of antislavery Americans joined together and formed the ACS (American Colonization society), which raised money to fund these voyages of African Americans to what would be colonies. Despite the private donations and decent funding, only few trips were made and little people were escorted out resulting in the formation of only one colony that would become Liberia, nothing large enough as to affect the nation greatly. This period of soft spoken activists did have some national affects but was not by any means revolutionary.
The 1830s marked a drastic change in character in activists, when instances went from being small...

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