On Northup's journey to Louisiana, he met Arthur and Robert who were also going to be sold as slaves. The three devised a plot whereas they would overtake the boat, kill if necessary, the captain and crew and guide the vessel back to New York. They “resolved to regain our liberty or lose our lives.” (46) This plot never came to fruition, as Robert became ill and died of smallpox. The three men had previously determined that the other slaves were not to be trusted, and they had to carry this out themselves. With Robert now deceased, there was no other choice but to forgo their attempt.
John Brown was a white abolitionist who wanted to start an armed slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a US arsenal at Harpers Ferry. He wanted to recruit black slaves, freed slaves and fugitive slaves for the raid against the south. There were many people who told him he was a dead man or that he couldn't do it but John Brown thought he could, therefore moved onto the next person for recruiting. There was an anonymous letter sent by David J. Gue of Springdale, Iowa, his brother and someone else trying to warn the government about the raid John Brown was planning to Secretary of War John B Floyd but they didn't believe them. This caused President Buchanan to send out a reward for John Browns capture but not the right one.
At Pottawatomie Creek, joined by seven others, Brown brutally hacked to death five men with sabers. These men supported slavery but weren’t even slave owners themselves. On October 16th, 1859, Brown led 21 men on another raid on Harpers Ferry attempting to take possession of the U.S. arsenal and use the weapons in a revolt against slave owners, gathering up an army of slaves as he made his way south. Brown’s attacks were not in self-defense, they were heinous acts of revenge upon slave owners, and therefore his attack had no justification. Violence inflicted upon other people cannot be justified unless it is in defense of one’s own life or the defense of a group of lives, such as a town where war has been waged upon it.
This white supremacy group started with ... ... middle of paper ... ...ion was to break down the radical party by whipping and killing….” The group had increased to a point of no return, and they had lost members because of this. The violence and murder now incorporated into the Klan activities had given them a new reputation. The history of the Ku Klux Klan is strewn with countless deaths and terrorist acts. The Klan rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force bent on reversing the federal government's progressive Reconstruction Era-activities in the South. For the Klan, nothing else mattered until the newly freed African American slave population was returned to a servile status, since slavery was no longer an option.
In 1856 the same group attacked the Kansas territory where Brown and his family resided, which much like anyone would he saw as a threat and attacked in revenge killing 5 pro-slavery activists. Not much later the activists retaliated killing Browns son (Utter 1883). Brown and a group of men planned to go to Harpers Ferry, Virginia and seize the U.S arsenal. His plan was funded by various wealthy northern abolitionists and on October 16, 1859 his plan started to come into action. After the two-day battle back and forth between Browns men and the U.S Marines, seventeen people had died and Brown was arrested and put to trial, which led to the jury decision on November 2, 1859 for him to be hanged for murder and treason.
His goal was to get the arms and ammunition at Harper’s Ferry and arm slaves to start an uprising, but the uprising was crushed and Brown was hung for treason. Brown became a martyr for the fight against slavery and caused the tension between The North and The South to reach a new high.
2. How did the slave traders seek to destroy Northup’s identity as a free person? How did slave owners make it nearly impossible for an enslaved person to be found? From the start, the slave traders tried to tarnish Northup’s identity by beating him till he gave the idea up that he is no man’s slave and just a slave that escaped from Georgia. Even when the slaves were all traveling together and Northup mentioned he’d been to New York got him a death threat from his Master Burch.
The novel is set in Ohio in the 1880's. The Civil War had been won, slavery had been abolished, however, the memories of slavery still remain. Although the story itself is fictional, the novel is based on real events. The events are based on the trial in Cincinnati of Margaret Garner, who with her husband, and seventeen other slaves (Kentuckian) crossed the Ohio where they supposedly found safe shelter. When it was discovered that they had been pursued and surrounded, and her husband overpowered, Margaret knew that any hope of freedom was in vain.
During this revolt, they did not care if you were man, woman, or child. If you were part of a family that owned a plantation with slaves on it, you would be a target. The first people that were targeted were Joseph Travis and his family, they were Nat Turner’s currently master. After this point they went from plantation to plantation kills any white person they saw and freeing all the slaves too. An article by an unknown author explains the ending moments: After spending the night near some slave cabins, Turner and his men attempted to attack another house, but were repulsed.
Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl and Louise Little. Right off the start Malcolm was faced with harsh racism for his father was an active member of the local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and avid supporter of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. The cruel attention gained from white supremacists caused Malcolm’s family to have to move quite often. All the moving didn’t help though, and Earl Little was found dead on the city streetcar tracks in 1931. It was evident that his murder was on the hands of white supremacists, but the authorities ruled it as a suicide and prohibited the family from collecting death benefits.