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The modern intellectual anti-slavery movement emerged as two distinct but overlapping currents, one religious, the other secular.
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Anthony Benezet published his first anti-slavery pamphlet, Observations on the Inslaving, Importing, and Purchasing of Negroes.
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Anthony Benezet (1713–1784) was an anti-slavery advocate and Quaker educator who taught free blacks in Philadelphia. As an ardent abolitionist, Benezet wrote and published anti-slavery pamphlets and encouraged his fellow Quakers to ban slavery from their community.
January 1, 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This revolutionary document ushered in the Thirteenth Amendment and the end of slavery in the United States. These two great legal documents were the culmination of a long struggle that began in the colonial period with the arrival of the first African slaves in North America. The Great Emancipation of the 1860s cannot be understood without studying what is often called the “first emancipation”—the growing belief among many...