The tobacco crop is what restored Jamestown, Virginia and it would not exist today without this cash crop. Restoring Jamestown is not the only significance the tobacco crop holds; it is also responsible for the early stages of slavery. Since tobacco became the cash crop of Virginia, it was more in demand. There was a shortage of laborers to plant and harvest the tobacco crop and as a result settlers were unable to meet the European quota for tobacco. Since it was increasing in demand more laborers were needed to maintain these large plantations ; therefore more indentured servants were needed.
Lincoln was definitely interested in and enthusiastic about this idea, and somewhat deluded about how many freed slaves would want to emigrate. In his 1861 message to Congress, he asked for funds to finance colonization efforts. “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know”. (Wilberforce) Although people know that something is wrong or immoral they tend to look the other way because they feel as if its easier to turn the other cheek then to do something about it. Abraham Lincoln decided not to turn the other cheek, but instead he decided to make history and free the slaves which made him very unpopular.
After living in years of peace, one event changed American history. The Americans were living a glorious life, but as arguments started to arise, the country began to split apart. Since the beginning of country, slave labor has been of important use. Many states in the North slowly started to abolish slavery, but the South did not want to end slavery. As more states joined the United States, debates grew if they should be free states or slave states.
Frederick Douglass, the author of the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, said “I saw more clearly than ever the brutalizing effects of slavery upon both slave and slaveholder” (Douglass, p.71). Modern people can fairly and easily understand the negative effects of slavery upon slave. People have the idea of slaves that they are not allow to learn which makes them unable to read and write and also they don’t have enough time to take a rest and recover their injuries. However, the negative effects upon slaveholder are less obvious to modern people. People usually think about the positive effects of slavery upon slaveholder, such as getting inexpensive labor.
Douglass was able to explain to his audience the double standards they were having by wanting their freedom from their mother country, but not wanting to give it to African Americans living within their own states. Douglass brought it to attention that the nation was celebrating a “freedom” that was not truly a “freedom” because it was not being given to all. Douglass was able to consciously put the American people in the shoes of slaves for a moment, and to feel their pain. His use of Aristotelian Argumentation helps convey his messages effectively. Douglass’ speech to a group of abolitionists in Rochester, New York on Independence Day of 1852 is one of the most powerful speeches ever given in American history.
Berkley thought that arming the Jamestown rubble was too dangerous to be allowed. After Bacons death the Virginia government reacted to the spectacle of interracial servant solidarity by slowly eliminating white servitude and expanding the then new institution of black chattel slavery. By doing this he could guarantee a permanent labor force and win the support of his constituents. Because of efforts like that of Governor Berkley, Virginia had become the primary site for the development of black slavery in the Americas. By the 1650s some of the indentured servants had earned their freedom.
It gave me a more in-depth and closer look at the slavery issue and how absurd it was. It gave me a sense of the feelings of the people of the time that John Brown was alive. Enough was learned from this book that the time spent reading it can be justified. I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to some one who enjoys learning about that time period in history and the exciting actions and events of a good-hearted man devoting his life for a good cause.
Slaves were also a “self-perpetuating population” (5), and there eventually became no need to import more slaves into the country. This, more than fear of prosecution, is what led to the decline of slaves being brought here. The slave trade was still going strong throughout the rest of the Americas. Another law was eventually passed, where the penalties for slave traders were unbelievably lowered. Although it seems counterproductive, it was actually an effort to enforce and prosecute move slaver traders.
The African Americans are the epitome of a race that has risen from oppression. White people have become more accepting to the laws involving blacks as well. The slave trade was by no means a positive practice that happened before the civil war, but it did lead to many new opinions and laws on freedom and slavery. It is safe to say that America has learned their lesson on freedom, hence the name “Land of the free, and home of the brave”. Works Cited "Digital History."
The South grew cotton, which was its main cash crop and many Southerners knew that heavy reliance on slave labor would hurt the South eventually, but their warnings were not heeded. The South was based on a totalitarian system. Constitutionally the North favored a loose interpretation of the United States Constitution, and they wanted to grant the federal government increased powers. The South wanted to reserve all undefined powers to the individual states themselves. The South relied upon slave labor for their economic well being, and the economy of the North was not reliant on such labor or in need of this type of service.