What one single event led directly to the abolition of slavery in the northern states where it had been legal?

american revolution isn't specific enough and the answer is not the emanicipation proclamation because my teacher said that is not it. One of the single most distinguishing features of American history is the enslavement of millions of Africans between the middle of the seventeenth century (1600s) and the end of the Civil War (1865). When the British began creating colonies in the New World at Jamestown in 1607, the Spanish, the Dutch, and the Portuguese had already begun the process of importing slaves to the New World. Eventually, the British would allow slavery in their colonies. When the American Revolution began, slavery was legal in every British colony in the New World. Once the United States was created, at some point in time, states in the north began abolishing slavery. By the time the American Civil War began, slavery existed only in 15 southern states while states in the North had completely abolished the institution. States in the West like California and Oregon had never allowed slavery.There is one specific event that historians generally agree led to the abolition of slavery in the northern states. The question for you to answer in your essay is this: what one single event led directly to the abolition of slavery in the northern states where it had been legal? I am looking for one very specific event here. The American Revolution, for example, is not specific enough.

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3 Responses to “What one single event led directly to the abolition of slavery in the northern states where it had been legal?”

  1. territelarian says:

    You might consider – [external link] … – from which the following is an extractWhile it seems that the United States was founded on the premise of slavery. The movement to abolish slavery, or abolition, has existed nearly as long. In the late 1700s, northern states became less dependent on slavery for labor, and the southern states became more so. As the division between the North and South depended around this issue, abolitionists became more radical.You might also look at – [external link] … – from which the following is an extractThe American Revolution was the death knell of Northern slavery. The rhetoric of the rebels, based on the Enlightenment doctrine of “natural rights,” immediately ran into the hypocrisy of a slave-owning people crying out for freedom. Tory Samuel Johnson twitted the Americans in 1775: “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?” The rebels were sensitive to the taunt. “To contend for liberty and to deny that blessing to others,” John Jay wrote, “involves an inconsistency not to be excused.” Nathaniel Niles put it succinctly: “For shame, let us either cease to enslave our fellow-men, or else let us cease to complain of those that would enslave us.” James Otis found another thread in the argument when he wrote, “It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men’s liberty, will soon care little for their own.”[1]

  2. counterquestions says:

    The Northern colonies offered their slaves manumission or freedom in exchange for military service; so i would say the Revolutionary War.

  3. corncake says:

    You question is a bit vague, but if I had to say one event, I would bet on the Abolition of Slavery in England. For the most part, the abolition of slavery in the Northern US was as a result of a multitude of reasons…piety, economics, etc. Not a single issue or event.But since the English Abolition happened about the same time as northern abolition…I’ll take that.