The Debate Over Slavery

Michael O'Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University


As late as the 1840s, the abolition of slavery was a fringe issue--while north and south battled politicall for power, only a few extremists argued for abolition. But in one of the most remarkable shifts in Amercan political history, abolition became a central, mainstream political issue.

Updated | April 2004