Abolitionist Movement In The Enlightenment

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The main research question of the paper is the relevance of the abolitionist movement for the women’s rights movement in the Enlightenment age in Britain and USA. The compatible agenda of the two movements in the Enlightenment is based on the influential idea of universal natural rights that applied to all human beings regardless of their gender and race. Enlightenment emphasized importance of the universal human nature and the ability to reason of all humans. In the “state of nature” each individual has rights over his/her own life, liberty, fruits of the labor.
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