Slavery today is a large concern to many people, just as it always has been. Any type of slavery is considered immoral and unjust in today’s society and standards. However, before the Civil War, slavery was as common as owning a dog today. Many in the United States, particularly in the South, viewed slavery as a “positive good” and owned slaves that were crucial to their business and income. However, the Civil War then changed the lifestyle of many southerners in a negative way.
Many economic, social, and technological forces have played a part in the decline of slavery around the globe. The first definition that comes to mind when we hear this term, is the act of being a slave or a person who does not own their own labor. While, yes, this is a definition of slavery; it’s only one of many. For example, our textbook defines slavery as the most extreme form of forced labor (Ember). Another definition would include: the state of one bound in servitude as the property of slaveholder or household (“Definition”).
Slavery was an evil institution because it was a brutal practice, it reinforced a racial caste system in the South and it was sexually demeaning. Slavery was a brutal practice because it forced African Americans into hard physical labor, tore their families apart, and failed to provide them with necessities for living. Some argue that masters actually treated their slaves as their own children, that they took care of their slaves, and that they did not let them work long hours in the field. Such was the story of a former slave, Jerry Boyd, whose mother worked as a cook and he himself completed various household chores. When Jerry was cold, his master would take him to sleep in his bed (Rawick 436).
Plus, a wedding vow would sometimes say “Until death or distances do you part,” because families would often be split up. This was done to keep slaves from bonding together and causing up risings. It was just another way the slave owners held power over their slaves. Even though this was true, most children were still rais... ... middle of paper ... ...nst slavery and became a well recognized abolitionist. One idea tossed around by many abolitionists was the North seceding from the South.
Most of the disagreement came from Southern slave owners. They thought that Douglass was crazy for wanting to abolish slavery and have total equality because that would cripple their income. These were the kind of men that were fighting, like Douglass and most Northerners, a war about slavery. Even though most men in the South owned and depended on slavery they had different motives for fighting in the war. Jim Kepler, a Confederate soldier, said, “Damn fool… He still thinks it’s about slavery” pg66.
There are multiple reasons why slavery caused a lot of problems between the whites and the blacks. “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people”. -Luther King, Jr Most African Americans were enslaved “95 percent of the African Americans in the United States was slaves.” (Problems of Slavery – Murphy). Many problems evolved due to slavery racism became a really big problem. The problem was that most slaves didn’t understand that there was other life out there they thought that because they were black that they had to be enslaved and couldn’t live their own lives.
Slavery was also seen as a threat to democracy; Northerners believed that a corrupt oligarchy of rich planters, the Slave Power, dominated Southern politics, and national politics as well. Northerners also objected on moral grounds to being legally required to enforce fugitive slave laws.  Abolitionism as a cause of the war By the 1830s, a small but outspoken abolitionist movement arose, led by New Englanders and free blacks, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Lucretia Mott. Many people North and South considered slavery an undesirable institution, but by the 1840s the militant abolitionists went much further and declared that owning a slave was a terrible sin, and that the institution should be immediately abolished. Southerners bitterly resented this moralistic attack, and also the stereotypical presentation of slave owners as heartless Simon Legrees in the overwhelmingly popular (in the North) book and play by Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852).
Due to their different views on society and ways of generating money, many people such as abolitionists and pro-slavery apologists had entirely different views. Americans proved to have too many differences that violence and other virulent events were inevitable. Slavery was just too much of a convoluted problem for a juvenile nation, such as America to figure out. As stated in lecture, the impact of slavery shaped both the societies and economies of the North and South, which ultimately led to numerous conflicts. These conflicts include; the Tariff of 1828, the Kansas Nebraska Act and the Missouri Compromise, which eventually formulated the start of the American Civil War.