The Haitian Revolution And African Americans

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Although the Haitian Revolution inspired several revolts made from African Americans, African American themselves were not significantly responsible for slavery’s end. However, different regions had different circumstances that caused African Americans to either have an abundance amount of influence to slavery’s end or little to no influence. The reason being is due to the level of resistance that varied depending on the location of the slaves. Various number of slaves were forced to depend on the number of supporters that they had to work with because without enough support, the revolts would not go well, which again would not lead to the end of slavery. “Rebellion began at the initial point of capture within Africa itself, continuing down to the barracoons, and it often erupted into mutiny aboard the slavers” (Gomez 110). This quote signifies that rebellion has always been there through each suffering; it was just never prominent enough at the moment since African Americans could handle it at the time since the torments just began. Yet, as time goes by, their ability to endure decreases having to deal with the tortures and sufferings weekly if not daily. Slavery’s end sparked when the debate over the future of slavery began. Suddenly, the dispute led to secession in which it brought about a war in which the Northern and Western states and territories fought to preserve the Union, while the South fought to establish Southern independence as a new confederation of states under its own constitution. While the North gradually abolished slavery, numerous abolitionists in the South released several works that sparked anti-slavery such as Harriet Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabins. Other abolitionists at the time also helped runaway slav... ... middle of paper ... ...to the fact that it was named after a Ku Klux Klan member. As known, with the peaceful campaign consists of plenty African American students on campus, the building is no longer named Saunders Hall. Individuals can observe through this one example that ideas from Washington, Du Bois, and Garvey were all exemplified in this protest in which it was peaceful, took place on an elite campus, and included Zora Neale Hurston which shows the African American pride that Garvey wanted to convey. The idea of the elite campus shows traits of Du Bois while the peaceful protest represents Washington in which he was passive with his ways of wishing to execute ideas. In looking at today’s population of African Americans and their actions, one can determine and figure out if Washington, Du Bois, and Garvey were success in influencing people of their goals of black self-empowerment.

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