Abolitionist View Of Abolitionism

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Bianca Hammaker
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AMH 2010
25 November 2016
Paper Two (Abolition)
Abolitionists preached to the public people on how slavery was unjustified, cruel, immoral, and inhumane. A widely accepted thought was to degrade colored people to that of the thinking capacity of apes and to treat them as animals. Most of the states were slave-holding at this time in history with slaves being the ones under the direction of the owners. Buyers (whites) of slaves sought for cheap labor and gave no credibility to anything the slaves accomplished. Whites had slaves work their mines and farms, the two most important jobs at the time. Without the slaves, no one was there to take care of their families and maintaining submission was the rule of
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It was to the dismay of the slaves that our country preached "all men were created equal", but the colored men were inherently much more inferior to white Christian Americans. Abolitionists stressed how they just could not fathom where the idea of their inferiority to the whites had originated— whether they were religious or nonreligious views. There was no proof from pages in history, even the bible, that supported colored people barely categorized as a human being. In relation, President Thomas Jefferson stated, "when a master was murdered, all his slaves in the same house, or within hearing, were condemned to death." David Walker went on to respond to his quote in infuriation by trying to become relatable to the reader as being a father and a husband himself. How would you feel knowing that your entire family's lives depended on not only the health of a "tyrant" that owned you, but also to the murderous hands of outside tyrants? Likewise, he was dumbfounded as to why a leader, a white privileged man, of educated stature, would go so far as to coincide his statements to the common people and degrade another man, whose same values were taken away by the privileged folk themselves. Walker went on to say it was like "putting wild deer in an iron cage, where it will be secured, and hold another by the side of…show more content…
There grew an idea that slavery was becoming uneconomic when the slaves began to have children. Once the slaves began to multiply and have families of their own, they would depend and rely on their owner to take care of the children. The young slaves would become an expense to the slave owner until they were brought up to around the age of 12. Also, once a slave became old, they were seen as unproductive. No slave owner would reach to the extent of murdering an elderly slave. Many, at the time, did think about maintaining the strong and let reproduction multiply their stables. At the time, the more slaves an owner had the wealthier he was viewed by other whites and raising in status and stature among his peers. Many of the owners did not like the idea of slavery even though they owned many

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