abolitionism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- abˌo·liˈtion·ist noun
abolitionism - Cultural Definition
The belief that slavery should be abolished. In the early nineteenth century, increasing numbers of people in the northern United States held that the nation's slaves should be freed immediately, without compensation to slave owners. John Brown, Frederick W. Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman were well-known abolitionists.
- Abolitionism in the United States was an important factor leading to the Civil War.
Variant of abolitionist
- a person in favor of abolishing some law, custom, etc.
- one who favored the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
- abolitionism noun