But in reality, Jackson left the women, the African Americans, and the Native Americans in the dust. The Jacksonians did not see them as their equal. Although Jackson and his party increased white male suffrage, he ignored everyone else’s political rights; therefore,
Throughout American history there has been a struggle on who deserves to have more freedoms, or it everybody should be equally treated. In “Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she shares her viewpoint on how women are treated less than men and they do not get as many freedoms. In “What to The Slave is The Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass talks about the inequalities between whites and African- Americans. Douglass explains this by using emotion to connect with the audience.
Harriet Tubman, a famous abolitionist, once said “I rescued a thousand slaves and I could have rescued a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”. Many slaves of the 19th century were not able to read or write, and were completely oblivious to natural rights and other political situations happening around them. Alfred M. Green gave a speech in April of 1861 to recruit African American slaves to the army to fight for their freedom. In Green’s speech, he acknowledges the misery African Americans have already been through, points out the flaws in the enemy (the South); and motivates them to participate by using hortatory subjunctives, metaphors, irony, and other rhetorical strategies.
America is the land of the free and home of the brave, but has it always been? If someone were to reference old documents like The Declaration of Independence or even The Constitution they would think so, but American history itself says otherwise. During the mid 1770’s slavery was an almost unquestioned normality and women had no rights, however when The Declaration of Independence was written, the statement, “all men are created equal” appeared while Thomas Jefferson stated the natural rights of every human. This statement is clearly not true in the eyes of the men who wrote and edited this document, hence proving that the statement “all men were created equal” is hypocritical. In accordance to primary sources gained from this period of intolerance and recreations of it, it is clear that not only were the women not treated as equal, but the African men and women treated as property were also stripped of the three main rights and liberties the Declaration argues for.
An excerpt from one of Frederick Douglass 's many speeches shows what the fourth of July means to slaves (Document 4). Douglass expressed that the fourth of July was a grim time for African- Americans. He said, “...your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery... ”(Document 4). This allegorized that the African-Americans didn’t feel free and abolitionist in the North, like Douglass were upset about it, especially free African-Americans.
In “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, it states “There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States…” (Doc. G). Frederick Douglass hates how the United States celebrate Independence Day even though everyone not everyone is free, slaves. Slavery captivates the human from his or her rights and caused an uprise for the end of slavery. In a Republican nomination speech by Abraham Lincoln, it states “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Doc. M).
Before reading This Great Struggle, I always viewed the Civil War as just a war that sprouted out of nowhere and just sort of happened over the single reason of slavery. But after reading this book I found that my misconception of the Civil War was extremely inaccurate. While reading this book I learned many new things about the Civil War that I had never known about before and I believe that it has given me a completely new outlook on the Civil War. Although he demonstrates how the war was not caused only by slavery, but he also proves the concept that slavery was a major cause of the Civil War. While reading This Great Struggle, I found that the war was, although commonly avoided and excused, fought over slavery.
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the women in charge of the convention weren 't only for the rights of women but for the rights of blacks as well(2). Story-telling extended to Negro Spirituals from the Underground railroad were born in 1849 when Harriet Tubman escaped and went to find a way for other slaves(1). The similarities between the Irish and African cultures began both tap dance and the Minstrel Shows. The First Minstrel Show debuted in the United States at the Bowery AmphiTheater in New York City on February 6th, 1843(1). Tap dancer William Henry Lane, also known was Master Juba was acclaimed the first black dance performer in
Slaves were brought into the colonies in 1619, but slavery didn 't end until many years later, in 1865. In 1662 though, slavery became hereditary in Virginia, meaning that slaves ' children had to be enslaved also. Many colonies also passed laws that made it illegal to teach slaves to read and write. To me, I think that this is one of the saddest parts of slavery.
America the only place where corporations are people where half if not more of the clothes people are wearing are made by actual slaves but they complain about a flag bcuz it represents a dark time in american history, when brother bought brother over the slave issue. this is also the place where free speech and beliefs are championd on every channel and in every piece of law there is. i dont agree with slavery but i also dont agree with people loving free speech but hate when someones speech isnt P.C if u want to rock a swastica flag go ahead if u want too rock a confederate flag, go ahead expect people too voice their opinions bcuz of the same free speech rule u want to use too hoist that flag. almost reminds me of vietnam where soldiers
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in 1817, but soon became one of the biggest names in all of history. By 1838, Frederick Douglass was able to escape slavery and go up North. The citizens of Rochester, New York, where Douglass settled in, asked him to give a speech to celebrate the Fourth of July. He agreed, however, instead of his speech being about celebrating freedom, he spoke about all the hypocrisy being held in the United States. The states represented freedom, and independence, yet there were millions of people being forced into a life of hard labor and no pay, slaves.
The reason racism still exists is because people continue to believe that some races are better than other races: Dred Scott vs Sanford, Plessy vs Ferguson, Shelly vs Kraemer. In the Dred Scott vs Sanford case, Dred Scott and his wife sued for their freedom from slavery. They fought in an 11 year legal struggle just to be free, but lost that battle. As the case was on its way to Supreme Court it grew in significance.
Slavery, once a controversial topic, is slowly beginning to reappear in today 's society. Most individuals will deny this because slavery isn 't something that is visible to someone not looking for it, but it still exists nationwide. In response to “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass, I believe that with slavery being out of sight and mind, citizens are celebrating a national holiday and oratory with more optimism than what should be present. Around the publication of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” in 1845, enslavement was present all around.
The civil war redefined what it meant to be an American because the nation was divided. The civil war redefined to be an American because it changed laws and american’s were also divided over slavery. Nobody ever helped Sojourner Truth get into carriages,over mud puddles or even gives her any best place. Frederick Douglass told others that they would be free when you are twenty-one during the civil war, but he said that he is a slave for life. Paul Revere quotes said On a shadowy something far away,where the river widens to meet the bay,a line of black,that bends and floats on the rising tide,like a bridge of boats so it basically has something to do with the civil war or the fact that he feels bad for the people who are slaves and need help.
The case that changed it all came in 1857 as in the North people were also angered over the Dred Scott decision as it only widened the political and social gap between the North and South and took the nation only closer to a civil war. Dred Scott was a slave that was taken to a free slave state with his master and lived on the land for a long time to be only returned to Missouri, which was a slave state but his master passed away and Dred Scott decided to sue for his freedom by the help of abolitionist lawyers. Dred Scott claimed he should be free since he had lived on free soil for many years. In 1857, Dred Scott lost due to decision by seven out of nine of Justices on the Supreme Court voted he must be a citizen, so as a non-citizen he could not sue in a federal court and must go back to being a slave. Howard on page 33 states perfectly what this decision was truly meant by stating, “As relates to these States, it is too plain for argument, that they have never been regarded as a part of the people or citizens of the State, nor supposed to possess any political rights which the dominant race might not withhold or grant at their pleasure.”