Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a leader of the American Enlightenment, however still owned slaves and did not free his slaves. and actually explains from his draft of the Declaration of Independence why at 18th century whites had to own the slaves. He actually blames the King Georg 3 by saying that “he (King Georg 3) has waged cruel war against human nature itself”. He also mentions that King “determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold”. So in my opinion Jefferson had to own the slaves because of presentism and the way how the political system worked back then.
In Jefferson’s memory it looks like slavery are equal to the whites, but in reality much different. It looks like Jefferson had the theoretical interest about abolition. However, he thinks that once they free slaves, they can’t keep them no longer in America because slaves will hold grudges against whites and whites will have prejudice against blacks. “For if a slave can have a country in his world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labor for another” (T. Jefferson). In addition, When I read this primary source for me it looks like Jefferson worries about international breading.
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Lincoln’s main priorities were to preserve the Union, and reserve the republic. Slavery, in some ways, was a nonissue to Lincoln unless the republic was threatened. Lincoln was dead set opposed to secession, which greatly worried the South. The South realized that if Lincoln won the election, they would lose power. Due to this worry of losing their “way of life” due to Lincoln’s victory in the election, the South decided to secede from the Union, which eventually lead to the Civil War.
Slaves were not considered as United States citizens and since he was a slave he could not sue in federal court. The decision started a lot anger in Americans and this pushed the country towards civil war. Dred Scott V. Sandford was a very unfair, racial court case. On March 6, 1875 people filled into the U.S. supreme court to decide Dred Scott’s outcome to be free. Dred Scott was suing his owner, John Sandford for his and his family’s freedom.Scott felt that he should be free because he was brought to the territory where having slaves were illegal.
12 Apr. 2014. http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/biographies/abraham-lincoln.html "Abraham Lincoln." Council on Foreign Relations. Council on Foreign Relations, n.d. Web.
The government did not help but only added on to the slave issue at hand. With the ending of the twenty-year ban on Congressional action, Thomas Jefferson, who did not like the idea of slavery, initiates congress to criminalize the slave trades because it’s a violation of human rights, which have been going on for so long. Quickly, Jefferson had Congress outlaws the international slave trade with the act prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Importing or exporting slaves will be a federal crime, which all this doesn’t stop some whites obsessed with having a slave, thus illegal immigrants became a way of a quick pay day for some people. Gradually as the year grew on, the downfall of the African Ame... ... middle of paper ... ...ssed.
This act was supported by Southerners which lead to the North becoming more worried about ending slavery. In 1857 salves legal status was debated in Dred Scott verses Sandford, when a free slave argued for his freedom. His argument was that he had lived where slavery was prohibited by the Missouri Compromise. Scott lost the case because Congress had no power to control slavery there.