Lead: For almost 3 centuries after 1500, the growing and lucrative trade and practice of slavery went unchallenged. Then an unlikely alliance of enlightened thinkers and Evangelicals began to chip away at that cruel institution. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: As the leaders of the American Revolution began to formulate their Declaration of Independence in 1776, it was clear to most of them gathered in Philadelphia that there was in colonial society a massive violation of the sentiments of that document: millions of African slaves.  Most of the founders were schooled in Enlightenment thinking which sought to advance the cause of human rights. Throughout the years of revolution and the great effort to develop an effective federal government, the demands of the economically lucrative system of slavery and the sentiments of enlightenment were engaged in a titanic struggle for the future of America.

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