Abolishing slavery without war: How other countries did it

  • March 17, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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It has been repeated many times that “it took a war to abolish slavery in the
United States”.

But is war the only way to end the practice of slavery? If you look at the history
of countries other than America, the answer seems to be “no”. In fact, the United
States is one of only two countries in the world where abolition of slavery was a
consequence of a civil war (the other one being Haiti).

At our March meeting, we’ll look into the abolition of slavery in countries other
than the United States. We’ll examine how they did it, and what we can learn
from that.

This will NOT be a meeting about the American Civil War. Please, do not change
the subject. We might decide at our brainstorming session that The Civil War will
be our next subject, if everyone agrees. However, this time let’s talk about how
slavery was abolished in other countries as British Empire, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba,
Uruguay, Mexico and others.

Optional: You can, if you wish, select a specific country, research abolition of
slavery in that country, and share your knowledge with other history lovers. This
is not a requirement, though – do this only if you want to. This group is not a
school, and there’s no homework; instead, we are a group of people who learn
together and share knowledge.

Please bring a snack or beverage to share. To cover the cost of running the
meetup, a donation of $2 is respectfully requested.

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  • Sprite

    Thanks for the link, Alexandra. An interesting, 'tho pathetic, story.

    March 19, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Having a small group was a plus. We strayed off topic a bit, but it's OK - as long as we don't stray into some mindless subjects (think sports and celebrities).

    I promised Linda ("Sprite") a link to a story I mentioned. Here it is: http://www.patientpowernow.org/2009/03/dr-john-muney-vs-ny-bureaucrat/

    It has nothing to do with slavery, but it something I brought up in the discussion while we strayed off topic...

    By consensus, the next topic will be "The debate over slavery in antebellum United States: Calhoun vs. Douglas and Garrison". The official announcement to follow, but you can mark your calendars for the third Sunday in April, as usual. I hope to see you all in April!

    March 18, 2013

  • Gary H

    Thanks all for a good discussion and the breadth of approach.
    - Gary, in wage slavery in Los Angeles

    March 18, 2013

  • Brian Y.

    Great discussion!

    March 17, 2013

  • laura g b.

    I agree with Sprite; Brian's preparation is often the foundation for our productive discussions.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Sprite

    An excellent event that increased my understanding & knowledge. I enjoyed everyone's participation, especially Brian's preparation. Thanks everyone!

    2 · March 17, 2013

    • Peggy C.

      agreed, great group, thanks all.

      1 · March 17, 2013

  • Val

    I am So very sorry, but I won't be able to make it on Sunday, March 17th. In a minute, I am going to change my RSVP, to make room for others.

    March 15, 2013

  • Elan

    Sorry, out of town.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town

    March 10, 2013

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