The issue of slavery is brought up several times throughout the book. Arthur Fremantle, the British observer, believed that the South was fighting to protect slavery and their way of life. Colonel Chamberlain also mentioned slavery as a reason for the war and stated that he found it to be appalling. Despite racism and prejudice in the North, many northerners still believed that the slaves should be freed. They saw the institution of slavery as contradictory to the Bible and civilized society.
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.
The Fugitive Slave Act and the laws that it made legal, caused extreme controversy in the North. This caused a major split between the North and South. Some northern states passed laws forbidding state officials to enforce the Fugitive Slave Law, which only angered the southern states. Many northerners started to take action to help slaves escape from their owners. This major controversy over the runaway slaves sparked the beginning of the Civil War.
Some Southerners were worried about the novel leading to slave rebellions. In Abolitionism Unveiled, Henry Field James predicted that the South would be devastated by blacks who acted in the spirit of Stowe’s militant slave George Harris (Reynolds 151). Southerners felt threatened that it seemed necessary to challenge it in every genre, even poetry. Anti-Tom novels rose and their theme was a defense of slavery, arguing that the South’s enslaved blacks were far better off than either poor whites or free blacks in the North (Reynolds 155). As Southerners came back with defensive literature or protests, the North would comment back.
With the help of internalized racism, during the Reconstruction era, the Ku Klux Klan is formed by several former confederate soldiers. Because they were former confederate soldiers, this terrorist group adopted the confederate flag throughout Reconstruction and it inherently became a racist symbol. Being that it is a racist symbol, the usage of it, in any context whatsoever, is racist. Even though this is a blatantly racist symbol it still held a place in our history as a country and the history of South Carolina. In 1962, the confederate flag was placed atop the statehouse by vote of an all-white legislature.
Many argue that the Confederate flag brings back horrible memories regarding racism, slavery and white supremacy. While others remember the flag as being a sign of their Southern pride an identity on a cultural stand point that distinct the South from the North, dating as far back as the Civil War where the separation began. The Confederate Flag as we know from readings; is the Battle Flag. It is a flag that
Removing the flag from where it has stood for over 60 years would be like saying that all of those men had given their lives for naught. Perhaps it would not have been best for the South to have won the war, but we should respect and uphold the men who fought so bravely for their cause. The mistaken idea that the Civil War was about slavery is one of the many causes that the flag's right to be above the capitol is questioned. This mistaken idea often causes problems between the races of this state. Slavery was wrong.
Some people think that the Confederate flag has a power over some people that support it and it can cause behavior that Dylann Roof exhibited when he shot and killed nine African Americans. The flag is a powerful symbol that frightens people that oppose it because in their eyes it symbolises rebellion, segregation, and a dark history that does not need to be repeated. Many agree with Senator Vincent, when he said "this is a symbol, regardless of what you believe it means, that divides us, and we can 't afford to be divided anymore"(Murphy). Many people were devastated by the massacre and the flag was taken down from the Statehouse. Memorial sites tends to be a subject that is more personal than the other debates.
Due to this change in meaning, controversy over the flag has been exponentially growing. Although many would argue the original meaning behind the flag and that it is a symbol of historical culture that should not be forgotten, the flag should be banned due to its representation of racism and the seceding of the states. The Civil War was a battle between the northern states and the southern states. The southern states wanted to secede
First He explains that slavery was a big issue in Civil War. Then he attacks the claim made by pro-flag groups that a large amount of black fought for the Confederacy, and lastly he shows how the Confederate flag is now connected with racial inequality. He points out that the Confederate flag is not only associated with slavery but in addition is now associated with racial discrimination. This article is a definition argument that defines the Confederate flag as a negative symbol; in it Foner mainly uses logos to show the meaning of the Confederate flag, pathos as a way of portraying pro-flag supporters as the bad guys, and his ethos to show his audiences he is well-informed of the pro-flag a... ... middle of paper ... ...tion’s history will also be laid to rest”(par. 8).