Harriet Jacobs's Article: An Analysis Of The Abolitionist Movement

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The main idea of the article titled “Abolitionist Movement”, is mentioning the important events that happen during the 1830’s to the 1870’s. The abolitionist movement is mainly about movements that occurred in order to help slavery and it reveals how important figures never gave up to free their people. Many of these historical events happen during the period of Harriet Jacobs. There were a couple of words that were confusing, for example; advocate, denounced, and egalitarianism. Advocate or advocating means to publicly support or recommend a cause. Denounced or denounce means to publicly state something to be wrong. Egalitarianism or egalitarian is a political philosophy that favors equality. This article indicated five historical events that…show more content…
For example, some words that were mentioned are; disruption, denounced, hostile, and corrupted. The author chose to use these words because he or she wanted to demonstrate how harsh the situation was in the 1800’s. There is one question that I have about this article, why did the author not have a conclusion? The author has an introduction about the abolitionist movement but his or her last paragraph is about one of the historical events. The author mentions in the article that the abolitionist movement was about emancipating slaves and ending racial discrimination and segregation. The emancipation of slaves started from the 1830’s to the 1870’s and after the year 1840 abolitionists expanded and this led to the Civil War. During the 1820’s the Second Great Awakening had religious revivals which boosted abolitionism such as women’s rights. Later in the 1830’s, a Boston newspaper titled the Liberator, was greatly supported by African-Americans. Also in Boston, in December 1833, delegates of both race and gender met in Philadelphia to start the American Anti-Slavery Society, they stated that slavery was a sin and that they wanted it…show more content…
The Emancipation Proclamation was a proclamation to free slaves and this proclamation reveals how African-Americans wanted to state their freedom to everyone in the world. In this article there was three words that were complicated to comprehend, which were; henceforward, decipherable, and seceded. Henceforward means that whatever it is that is being stated it will be from that moment on and forever. Decipherable means to find or create the meaning of something. Seceded means for someone or something to be removed from memberships in a union, alliance, political, or religious organization. In this article there were two examples of personification. The first example of personification is, “it captured the hearts and imagination.” This simply means that the Emancipation Proclamation deeply moved Americans, emotionally. The second example of personification is, “secure their own liberty” and this means that slaves just wanted to make sure that they had freedom through the Emancipation Proclamation. In this article the author uses many words like, seceded, promised, liberty, and freedom, to demonstrate that due to the Emancipation Proclamation slaves were now free and they can live in peace from now on. According to the article, “The
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