Pro Slavery vs. Abolition The United States will forever have a bad rep for what happened to those who were once enslaved in this country. The two sides of this controversy, being Pro Slavery and the Abolitionists, set one of the main splits in this country that was supposedly a place for anyone to have “freedom”. What started this affair was the overall reality that African Americans were represented as unusually different, there were many reasons for the white man to justify slavery, and what became the practice of being racial prejudice. The ideas behind what the Pro Slavery activists believed versus the Abolitionists, each to their own, have an attitude towards what they thought was right and wrong for the well being of their country, but …show more content…
People believed that the black man was unintellectual and was incapable of thought just because the lack of communication there was between a slave and a slave-owner. George Fitzhugh advocates slavery in his “Universal Law of Slavery” trying to sway the govern that African Americans were more freed were slaves for the white man, rather than being back in Africa where some of their practiced rituals seemed more cruel than what any man could do to a slave like “idolatry and cannibalism” (Fitzhugh). Even though the activists against slavery knew that was …show more content…
He stood up to abolish slavery by telling the president and others the story of how America earned her freedom. He mentions how the Americans were, “ treated with sovereign indifference, coldness and scorn. Yet they persevered. They were not the men to look back”(Douglass). The Americans wanted change just like the African Americans wanted fairness as well. Without this rebellion, the slaves could not get to be emancipated and stop being treated like animals. Civil societies for the white man versus the black man were opposites, which was surprising since the religious values of the common white man was Christianity. They did not follow the law of the Lord; do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Being a slave meant doing whatever, whenever the master said so or else “whipping the devil out of them” (Cartwright) was put into effect. From a proponent’s perspective, if the slave owner “treated [them] kindly, well fed and clothed, with little fuel”(Cartwright) then they were good slave owners and they would not try to run away. Overall, this notion developed into now what we call being racial prejudice. Setting someone apart for the color of his or her skin is bigotry. The slave owners did not take an attempt to consider the damage they were doing to the African Americans of this time, with the physical,
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Douglass made poignant points about manhood, Christianity and literacy that helped the freedom bells ring for all mankind. He did so in a peaceful and Christian manner that was exemplary and repeated in later years by civil rights activist Martin Luther King. Douglass opened the eyes for many both black and white to the shadows and indignities that slavery cast on all that were involved with it. Through his hard work, dedication and sacrifice he helped bring an end to the demon of slavery.
Pro-slavery and anti-slavery were groups of advocates who both had a different perspective about slavery. The group of people that believed in slavery were mainly from the South and they were usually businessmen, traders, farmers, and slave traders. They argued that slavery was right; slavery caused a growth in the nation’s economy, it was accepted in the bible, and the slaves were better taken care of in the hands of a master. On the other hand, the Northerners thought otherwise. On their behalf, they argued that the slaves were treated poorly by their masters, it was a sin to be involved in slavery, and the Africans were unhappy because they were forced to move from their homeland. The pro-slavery authors of the articles gave support to their
Finally, the government was unjust because of their need to treat black males as animals rather than men. During slavery the high level of cruelty towards slaves made it seem as though the man was an animal and was often referred to as such. Douglass didn’t take kindly to how laws had referenced to slaves as “beast of the field” (Douglass, 2011, p.780). He found it ridiculous that when it came to the law the term “man”
As he was a slave himself in his early years, Frederick Douglass was one who strongly opposed to slavery. Growing up in slavery, he didn’t have a choice. But he won his right to freedom when he escaped to the North. When he grew older and entered the controversial world of politics, he met Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln shared the same views on slavery as Douglass did. In his opinion, Lincoln didn’t want slavery to exist either. But Lincoln was white; unlike Douglass, the ongoing issue of slavery didn’t hit him as hard as it did to Douglass. Frederick Douglass knew what the act of slavery was like, he experienced it. So he despised the fact that Lincoln chose uniting the Union as one over ending slavery, immediately. It was clear what Lincoln’s act was; many critics of his called him a tyrant and that was wa...
During Douglass lifetime one of his most important significances is about the 13th amendment, which still is very relevant in today’s society. The 13th amendment made it illegal to own slaves, and it was taken in to effect in 1865. (Fletcher, George P. pg. 52) The 13th amendment wasn’t an easy amendment to get through since slavery was such a big part of the society, especially in the south where many people owned multiple slaves. However, due to the fact that Douglass was a high ranked politician, and had great oral skills he was able to influence both the people in the society, congress, and House of Representatives. Though, it wasn’t only because he was a high ranked politician he was able to influence people and make them understand how horrific the slavery actually was. Twenty years before the 13th amendment was passed in congress, Douglass released an autobiography book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” In his autobiography book he explained about how it was to be a slave, what he had to do and how terrible it was. Additionally, he also explained about his escape from slavery and how he got in to politics, and different Anti-Slavery organizations. It’s very important to have Frederick Douglass in mind when talking about the 13th amendment because without him the 13th amendment most likely wouldn’t have passed
The world we live is in no ways perfect. Our world is littered with pride and greed. We want money and to advance in our life and in some ways we forget the people we walk over. It is about the money and it doesn’t matter who gets in our way. Most people also have a problem with admitting their mistakes. The United States of America was at one time a country that on the outside seemed to be perfect, but in truth it had dark secrets. It held slaves for hundreds of years and once they were emancipated the world turned to other means. Releasing the slaves gave the people freedom according to the Constitution, but they were never truly free. The people had fought all of their lives. Caucasian people still had this idea that they were better because of the color of their skin. Slavery was still a part of the world, but instead of being held in chains their individuality was taken away. They couldn’t be or do what they wanted because they were forced to live and do what and how the white people wanted. No matter how hard it got, they still had hope. They knew that their ancestors had succeeded and that if they continued to try they would succeed. In The Explorer by Gwendolyn Brooks and Fredrick Douglass by Robert Hayden show in three way hoe people were hurt, but also the wants of the people: freedom, hope and individuality.
In his speech he tries to make white people consider the behavior of black people. Specially their feelings towards a national occasion such as Independence Day. At the time of Douglass’s speech America were actually two different nations, white and black. Two separated nations one had great benefits after the independence and another still fight for basic human rights. What does the independence means for people who still suffer after it? This question is the most important. In the Declaration of Independence. He is implying that these rights are not being extended to African Americans. When this country was created it was meant to be a plac...
Frederick Douglass was an incredibly influential part of the abolitionist movement. He has seen the harshest acts induced by slavery, even in the kindest of people. Douglass worked his entire life to get away from slavery and secure his freedom. With this new found freedom, he chose to speak out against the institution of slavery and inform the public of the evil truths that lay within slavery. He used wit, humor, pathos, ridicule, satire, mimicry, intellectual and emotional appeal to reach out to his audience in hopes of enlightening them (Douglass, July 146). On July 5th, 1852, he gave a speech to whites in New York about the injustices of slavery and how inhumane it was. He did this to open the eyes of Americans who had not been fully exposed
Instead of convincing American citizens from around the country that slavery was America’s largest injustice, he now was persuading people in the government and people who were originally for anti-slavery, that black men should have equal citizenship and the right to vote. His change in audience is another reason that the abolitionist's voice changed beginning in the mid 1860’s. The harsh and passionate rhetoric he was using to condemn slavery may have not been so effective or persuasive to politicians. Therefore it was in his best interest to change the approach he originally was making. A great example of this is Frederick Douglass’s first meeting with President Andrew
Fredrick Douglass did not reach his ultimate goal of “ racial equality.” This is because society was not ready to accept and think of blacks as equals. Racism was deeply rooted within American society. America had always been a nation where white American men believed they were superior; they were pragmatic and highly invested in the ideology of “manifest destiny.” They wanted to limit any possibility of their power to be taken away. If blacks were granted full equality then white men’s social and economic status could be threatened. Also, there was the simple fact that even white people, who had thought that slavery was a sin and fought for its abolition, didn’t think of blacks as their full equals. They refused to associate and interact with blacks. This represented the “separate but equal” doctrine.
Frederick Douglass tells about his first six months as a slave in this story, so being a slave influenced him to write this story because he wants to tell others how wrong slavery is. If he had not been a slave, he would not have had this topic to write about and been able to make it so personal. There were many social constraints and a lot of political unrest in the United States at this time because of the slavery and the way colored people were treated. They had a lack of opportunity because most white people thought that colored people were not equal like
Even though Lincoln only wanted to contain slavery the Union and prevent it from expanding, Douglass decided to support the Union considering it was the lesser evil of the parties. As a supporter of the Union, he was able to convince Lincoln to allow African-Americans, slave and free, to fight in the war and end slavery. After the civil war ended and the 13th amendment were ratified, slavery was abolished. However, Douglass did not stop once he saw that slavery was abolished. Even though black men and women were now free, they continued to suffer discrimination and oppression. Douglass continued to work for the rights of black men and women who suffered discrimination as the 14th and 15th amendments were ratified. After the war he had become one of the most prominent and respected black leaders. He moved to Washington D.C., and was appointed for different government positions such as marshal of Washington, D.C. and minister to Haiti. Through his influence in these positions he continued to work for the civil rights of the free men and women.
He was living proof that intellectually it doesn’t matter what color you skin is or where in the world you have come from. What matters is the access to information and being knowledgeable. The white people made it illegal to teach slaves anything at all for a reason. It was because they knew that slaves were not inferior, but they made them inferior. Access to schooling would ruin the white plan to continue slavery as long as they could use it to their benefit. Douglass proved that theory correct he became educated and it allowed him to start a movement and be heard. Without the knowledge of being able to read and write he would have never made the impact that he did because he was able to communicate with others, but also prove his
In fact, there were some Northerners who wanted slavery to stay in the south and not spread west because they wanted to keep the west pure of blacks and now have to worry about them. Samuel A. Cartwright talks about all the differences between whites and blacks anatomy he talks about how we are different and that blacks are not natural and so don't have the same rights. "Our Declaration of Independence, which was drawn up at a time when Negroes were scarcely considered as human beings, "that all men are by nature and equal," and only intended to white men, is often quoted in support of false dogma that all mankind the same mental, physiological and anatomical organization…" This argument is hard because it is based on racism and so all of the scientific findings are wrong and hard to hold any ground. "Ironically, the opponents of slavery had few scientific arguments of their own, and thus in convincing outsides, the scientific arguments may have been the strongest in the South's intellectual arsenal. But many of the most prominent Southerners refused to use these arguments because they were in conflict with Scripture." (p.
Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation of the United States. Alexis de Tocqueville stated,"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.... The subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations, not only in the same proportion as their equality, but in the same proportion as their ignorance." The slaves where taken off the ships separated into groups of male and females and children. Mothers and children cried because the white man would separate them and sell them to different owners. Fredrick Douglas stated,"I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion." This moment was a very tragic moment for many Africans. They would never see there mothers, brothers, sisters, or fathers ever again. There new lives on plantations would soon begin. He'll for the rest of there