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1. Concept and origins of the movement

Abolition (from Latin abolitio) refers to the process that brought modern slavery to an end, and the initiatives and movements associated with it. The term was first used in this specific sense around the mid-18th century in Britain and North America, and at first it primarily referred to the abolition of the slave trade. I…

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Füllberg-Stolberg, Katja, “Abolition”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030944>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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