|British Anti-Slavery Society Convention (1840)|
However, one verse gave American abolitionists justification for their cause in pre-Civil War America: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28, NIV). Here Paul speaks most clearly about the equality of ALL people, which is why Christians today work hard to end the cruelty of slavery and the oppression of women in many developing nations.
Read what thousands of Christians college students in Georgia are doing to fight against slavery. (Beware of the typical, mindless anti-religious rants in the comment section. They are all too common on the CNN Belief Blog)
The movie "Amazing Grace" highlights the role of the Christian values of mercy and justice behind the anti-slavery passion of John Newtwon and William Wilberforce.
Read more about the history of Christians against slavery at Christianity Today.
Here's a thorough article on the history of Christian faith and slavery from Wikipedia.
CNN interview "Jesus Was the Original Abolitionist"