Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was a catalyst for the Civil War due to its depiction of slavery as harsh and brutal. The main character, a slave named Uncle Tom, and one of the slave owners, Simon Legree were used to attack the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the institution of slavery that it protected. Throughout the novel, characters, scenes and plots were Stowe’s persuasions to the reader that slavery is evil, un-Christian, and should not be tolerated. She illustrates the fact that slavery and Christian values oppose each other and are not in any way compatible. Uncle Tom’s Cabin outraged the southerners and made the northerners more aware of the brutality of slavery.
In an attempt to solve the issue of slavery, both the Fugitive Slave Act and the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. However, both acts failed in that it only triggered negative social responses from both sides. Political events, such as the Dred Scott case and the Election of 1860 caused further disputes through public disagreements, adding tensions between the two sides and strengthening sectionalism more than ever. Ultimately, a split nation and another war were caused by a series of differing social and political views, regarding opposing lifestyles and views on slavery. Numerous social issues befell, developing controversy which would later lead to the Civil War.
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.
The Fugitive Slave Act and the abolition movement expressed people’s opinions on the debate involving slavery, between the northern and southern states. Increasing controversies between sides due to political and social problems eventually ignited the Civil War.
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). Historians continue to debate whether slave owners actually felt either guilt or shame (Berringer 359-60). But there is no doubt the southerners were angered by the abolitionist attacks. Starting in the 1830s there was a widespread and growing ideological defense of the "peculiar institution" everywhere in the South.
In this essay, the focus is going to be about the dialogue surrounding America’s failure to ensure freedom or equality to all its citizens, focusing on African-Americans, women, and the poor. Slavery was a major issue in America. Americans depended on slaves to do the job that other people did not want to do. They liked the idea of having slaves around because they were there for a lifetime and they were passed from generation to generation. In the “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” by Frederick Douglass, he talks about his horrifying ordeal that he and the rest of the African-Americans slaves were subjected to in America.
Being turned away because of color is racist, and it makes Dr. Miller feel incompetent. Lastly, another scene in the book is when Dr. Miller is on a train, talking to a white friend. The train worker makes him move to the black-labeled car, saying, “‘but the law of Virginia does not permit colored passengers to ride in the white cars’” (Chesnutt 34). Therefore, the racism affected Miller by making him seem too i... ... middle of paper ... ... Clearly, Jerry is affected by slavery and racism because he is still in the slave mindset. Dr. Miller, Josh Green, and Jerry, three diverse black characters from The Marrow of Tradition, exhibit different effects of slavery and racism throughout the book.
The subjugated Negros fighting for a true place in American society under the hands of various abolitionist leaders who gave it all to stand up for the African Americans. They were to be heard all over the union causing divisions and discomfort throughout a close to dividing nation. Abolitionist movement after the 1830s had a greater impact on the nation as a whole with a spark of the antislavery acts before the 1830s and the failure of this movement, the very well spoken and praised leaders, and the well spoken and touching propaganda against slavery. In early nineteenth century there was the antislavery movement which was a failure. This people who were fighting for antislavery did not have a great support.
Slavery has brought about a lot of controversy and stirred emotions even in today's society which has left a big impact on the people. In the documents, Ads for Runaway Servants and Slaves (1733-72), Lydia Maria Child's Propositions Defining Slavery and Emancipation (1833) and Lydia Maria Child's Prejudices against people of color (1836), describes the life of slaves along with the different views of the North and the South. Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work, even in conditions where it can become unbearable and where the government has a say in the slaves lives and although slavery has been abolished, the results from slavery can never be erased. In the south, slavery was a oppression of the government. There were "southern defenders of slavery taunted abolitionists by arguing that wage workers in the North and England were equally slaves" and that "women were equally" treated unjustly, which means slavery was a way for the government to take advantage of their power (Balkin and Levison 1463).
The bloodiest war in U.S. history- the Civil War, a war between the Confederate states and the Union states on issues over slavery. Even before the birth of the United States of America, slaves had been the main source of labor; this system was accepted, and slaves were viewed as property. In the 1800s, many people began to oppose slavery, and became known as the abolitionists. The opposition heated the slavery debate, along with compromises and many events that intensified the different views of slavery. The final straw was the election of Abraham Lincoln as president, as the existence of slavery was threatened.