The Fight Against Slavery By Frederick Douglass

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The fight against slavery was not one without struggles and one that was easily won. American abolitionists used various political tools available to them to combat the issues associated with. From religion to the Constitution and Declaration of Independence those fighting against slavery, fought hard to show the injustices and immorality of slavery. This essay will take a look at various writings from abolitionists to determine their way of thinking and the tactics they used to oppose and fight to end slavery. Many abolitionists took a somewhat legal stance when opposing slavery; one of these abolitionists was Fredrick Douglass. In his book What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Douglass states that slavery goes against everything that the founding fathers fought had fought the British for and that the practice of slavery is simply unconstitutional. Douglass describes the British government hold on America as a cruel and unjust government. Douglass argues that the Declaration advocates for natural rights; rights that should extend to every human being. The declaration of Independence does not mention the word slavery or that such system would exist in the United State. The Declaration of Independence, however, does make various statements that would oppose slavery. The document states that if a government affects the safety and happiness of its people, than those people have the right to abolish that government and create a new one. “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” Douglass is essentially arguing that the system of slavery violates human rights, the same human rights that the Declaration of Independence seeks to secure s... ... middle of paper ... ...n the non-existing differences then this kind of inequality and oppression would finally end. Abolitionist had one goal and that was to end the cruel system of slavery. These individuals were all from different backgrounds – from slaves to the children of slaveholders. These individuals used the recourses and their, past experiences to fight against the system of slavery. Those who were slaves wrote narratives to show their struggles and to have people sympathy with the endless and unimaginable pain that they suffered. Individuals who were religious reached out to those like them to make the right decision and stand with God. Abolitionist also used the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to prove that the system of slaver is illegal. The strategy to end slavery was to simply find an angle to reach all American and show them the evils of this system.
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