This course will focus on the transatlantic movement to end slavery in the Atlantic world from the Revolutionary Age to the late 19th century, with special attention given to how the activism and intellectual thought of people of African descent shaped both the abolition movement and emancipation. We will examine the abolition movement’s varied techniques as well as its relationship to broader societal change as Atlantic world nations moved, or were forced, towards emancipation. We will also seek to understand the experience of emancipation and how slavery continued to influence Black freedom.