The History of Slavery

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“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty,” a man by the name of Plato once spoke. Slavery is a topic commonly spoken about through the years of school, however, though commonly reviewed, we still manage to learn something new about the topic every year. There are those like James Oglethorpe who believed slavery was an issue that went against his beliefs, and he spoke out, “[s]lavery is against the gospel, as well as fundamental law of England. We refused, as trustees [of colony of Georgia], to make a law permitting such a horrid crime,” (Source H pg. 280). Nonetheless, there still remained a few who struggled to find the light at the end of the tunnel, few such as Isabella, “When we all gits free, they’s the long time letting us know,” (Source H To many of us, the history of slavery revolves around African Americans who were forced into to labor for plantation owners. However, there were those abolitionists many of us are familiar with, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. Nonetheless, there are those who have eradicated the issue of slavery. Though they aren’t the most recognizable names in history, the works of Mary Ellen Pleasant, James Armistead, and David Walker helped abolish slavery (along with the untold slave revolt), that once surrounded our country. Slavery is older than the first human records. Slavery was not based on race and not until the 15th century associated with people of African descent. (Source G). In learning about the history of slavery, we can only go so far in looking through our textbooks. However, often times, if you look hard enough you can find witnesses who have been there in slavery. We receive i... ... middle of paper ... ...protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was sold here. I may be sold tomorrow, but you know I was here,” (Source O). Back during those times, the slaves were considered merchandise, their rights infinitesimal. In a world considered, through the workings of Mary Ellen Pleasant, David Walker, and James Armistead, these unrecognizable heroes helped abrogate slavery. Though slavery is no longer exists in most countries, we cannot forget the history that has occurred on our land. “ You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know,” a quote by William Wilberforce. We can never escape from our past, it is always with us, however, that does not mean we can’t use the past as a lesson for future tests that life brings us.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how mary ellen pleasant, known as the mother of civil rights in california, used her identity to an advantage during the times of slavery.
  • Explains that david walker was a courageous and visionary african american leader and activist who publicly demanded the immediate end of slavery in the new nation of the united states.
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