The term slave is defined as a person held in servitude as the chattel of another, or one that is completely passive to a dominating influence. The most well known cases of slavery occurred during the settling of the United States of America. From 1619 until July 1st 1928 slavery was allowed within our country. Slavery abolitionists attempted to end slavery, which at some point; they were successful at doing so. This paper will take the reader a lot of different directions, it will look at slavery in a legal aspect along the lines of the constitution and the thirteenth amendment, and it will also discuss how abolitionists tried to end slavery.
However, the institution of slavery was challenged in the 18th century by decades of Enlightenment thought, newfound religious ideals, and larger abolitionist groups. After the American Revolution many states would ban the practice of slavery completely and only a few would maintain the “peculiar institution”. Before the American Revolution, significant opposition to slavery already existed. James Otis, a Massachusetts lawyer emblemized this strain of thought when he wrote about the rights of natural born citizens and men. He argued that a man, black or white, should be guaranteed, as British subjects, the same rights and liberties.
This was done ... ... middle of paper ... ...ve to the country that slavery was not acceptable and should be eliminated immediately. The Abolitionist movement clearly had the greater impact on the nation as a whole. The United States was in turmoil in the early 1800’s with many existing problems, one of which was slavery. Slavery was clearly holding the Americans back from progressing to the next step as a country, and there were a few people who had seen and heard enough about slavery. The Antislavery movement would start the line of movements to end slavery, and would pave the way for slaves to get there stolen freedom back.
It was the most influential document of the abolitionist literature. The book showed emotions of slaves that were treated cruelly by Uncle Tom. Although abolitionism was dividing both sides knew the amount of damage slavery was doing by dividing America. They knew slavery had to be extinguished. Greater impact on the nation was definitely the abolitionist movement.
People who are against slavery and are willing to take action and end the practice of slavery are known as abolitionists. These “anti-slaveryites” took huge risks and went through drastic punishments all to end the very nuisance that flawed America, slavery. Slavery is the practice or system of owning slaves, and slaves are people who are held in servitude and as property. In the early 19th century, the United States established a series of statutes and penal codes which were enacted in many states to regulate the activity of slaves. These laws also regulated the behavior of former slaves or free African Americans.
Frederick Douglass’ journey from slave to freed man is infamous for its influence in the abolition movements during the 1800’s. In his narrative, Douglass uses the appeal of ethos in order to establish his stance on the issue of slavery. In addition to that, he uses many of his own personal experiences to not only reveal the hard life of a slave, but to also show that at the time, he had his own thoughts and beliefs about the injustices around him. This shows the audience that slaves are capable of thinking for themselves, having feelings and even have the potential to become educated and live as equals among the whites. Despite his obvious support for the abolition of slavery, Douglass keeps an objective stance and does not only discuss the wrongs of slavery in favor of the blacks; he simply tells the story of his life.
The Impact of the Fugitive Slave Law on Abolitionism In his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson accused the King of Britain of violating the sacred human rights of life and liberty by promoting slavery as a means of economic development. While Congress omitted this section from the final document, it does show that slavery was an issue for the American nation from its inception. So, while it may have been established by its mother country, the roots of slavery are laid deep in American soil. By the early 19th century, slavery had grown up and become interwoven with all social and political institutions, and was considered by many to be a vital part of our nation. As many of the northern states began to change their policies on the enslavement of Africans, the South became aware that those areas might become a haven of refuge for runaway slaves.
“Abolitionists Movement” It may appear that in today’s America, slavery is looked down upon, and we’ve developed a long way from the past. However, before and during the Abolitionists Movement there were strong arguments for both sides of the subject. ("Arguments and Justifications: The Abolition of Slavery Project.") The gradual dominance in anti-slavery would not have been possible if people had not risked their lives and social standings to fight for the racial, social, legal, and political liberation for slaves. William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and the Grimke sisters are all prime examples of people who challenged pro-slavery, and protested the idea that one race was superior to another.
The Liberator, by William Garrison, and Frederick douglass, a black slave, during the 19th century were things that had provoked the minds of America to become aware of the need to abolish slavery. Frederick Douglass had been known for his leadership in the abolishment of slavery; and The Liberator, a weekly newspaper founded by William Garrison, was known for sending this message about promoting the freedom of the enslaved blacks of America. Having subscribed to this newspaper, it gave him reasons to do the things that he was known for (Russell). It impacted him by making him become more aware of the terrible acts of slavery; it made him have the urge to contribute by helping other’s who were blinded by propaganda to understand the immorality of slavery; and, one of the most important reasons of all of all, it caused him to become one of the most commonly known activists of slavery’s abolition. One of the reasons why The Liberator impacted Douglass was because of his need for backup in his fight for the freesom of black slaves, and due to the inspiration that sparked when he had listened to Garrisons speech on 1841, at the Bristol Anti-Slavery Society's annual meeting ("Frederick Douglas 1818-1895.").
One idea tossed around by many abolitionists was the North seceding from the South. Radical abolitionism made a strong push for the ending of slavery and abolitionists often had to stand against much torment, but they held strong and did the right thing. Slavery shaped the lives of both black and whites alike in ways such as social reforms, marriages, and economic stimulation. Radical abolitionism was a way many people fought back against slavery. The southerners, though, had reasons to believe slavery to be good.