Arguing Against Slavery

What arguments did abolitionists make against slavery? How did abolitionists propose to end slavery? These historical questions are at the center of this two-lesson unit focused on seven primary documents. In engaging with these questions and these documents, students will consider the impacts and the limits of abolition, a social movement that spanned hundreds of years.


6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12



Resource Types

Primary Sources

Teaching Strategy

Project-Based Learning


13th Amendment