marxism-digest V1 #3053

John Henry johnh at SPAMchangeover.com
Tue Jan 2 12:26:36 MST 2001


At 12:57 PM 1/2/2001 -0500, you wrote:

>CB: John Brown was a religious fanatic. It was the basis of his abolitionism.

At the begining of the 19th century slavery was pretty much universal in
the world. East and west, north and south, many societies had slavery as a
routine matter of course.

By the end of the 19th century, slavery was the relatively rare exception
and most people looked on it with abhorrence.

That it was virtually eliminated worldwide, in little more than 50 years
was mainly the result of religious "fanatacism". It started in England in
the 30's with a group of Quakers. They said slavery is wrong and must be
eliminated. Then they got the British gov't to, largely, put an end to the
slave trade.


Best,

John R Henry CPP

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