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Slavery and Abolition

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The term slave is defined as a person held in servitude as the chattel of another, or one that is completely passive to a dominating influence. The most well known cases of slavery occurred during the settling of the United States of America. From 1619 until July 1st 1928 slavery was allowed within our country. Slavery abolitionists attempted to end slavery, which at some point; they were successful at doing so. This paper will take the reader a lot of different directions, it will look at slavery in a legal aspect along the lines of the constitution and the thirteenth amendment, and it will also discuss how abolitionists tried to end slavery. This paper will also discuss how slaves were being taken away from their families and how their lives were affected after.

Beginning in the 1830s, white abolitionists attempted to prove that American slaves suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually at the hands of those who claimed their ownership (Pierson, 2005). Like those that were seen in our American literature text book. Not only did they suffer from those things, but they also had trouble with their identity once they moved on or was freed from slavery, that’s why we seen a lot of the former slaves changing their identity. Abolitionists were determined to educate the public on how badly slaves were being treated. They even argued the basic facts of Southern plantation life such as slave holders divided families, legalized rape, and did not recognize slave marriages as legitimate (Pierson, 2005). In the interregional slave trade, hundreds of thousands of slaves were move long distance from their birthplace and original homes as the slave economy migrated from the eastern seaboards to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas (Thornton...

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...ou loved the most to be with people you were never acquainted with and people that will treat you very unequally, it must have been a sad life, and we must all remember what those people had to go through.

Works Cited

Selling Slave Families Down the River. (2009). Independent Review, 14(1), 71-79. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Knowles, H. J. (2007). The Constitution and Slavery: A Special Relationship. Slavery & Abolition, 28(3), 309-328. doi:10.1080/01440390701685514

Ghali, K. (2008). NO SLAVERY EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME: THE PUNISHMENT CLAUSE AND SEXUAL SLAVERY. UCLA Law Review, 55(3), 607-642. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Pierson, M. D. (2005). Slavery Cannot Be Covered Up with Broadcloth or a Bandanna". The Evolution of White Abolitionist Attacks on the "Patriarchal Institution. Journal of the Early Republic, 25(3), 383-415. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
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