Through the literary works they made people aware of the injustice and inhumanity that slavery was based on and because if its written form they had impact on many generations coming years and decades later. Phillis Wheatley through poems appeals to the intellectual side of the people while Frederick Douglas using slave narrative in his autobiography introduces readers to cruelty and blooded side of black’s oppression. Even though they used different literary convention, they both became an inspiration for long-term changes that transformed the United Stated and it is still visible in current times. By affecting minds and souls of society, they inscribed themselves in American literary tradition
They also brought about various responses from people around. It is believed that “…interracial relations both supported and undermined slavery and racism…” in many ways. Slavery and racism were both supported and undermined by adultery, laws, and separation of races throughout interracial relations. Rothman begins his analysis on interracial sexual relationships using Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with a slave he owned named Sally Hemings. He was in the sexual relationship because he promised his wife to never remarry after she died.
In chapter one, Lincoln and Liberty, of Chandra Manning’s What This Cruel War Was Over, (2007), Manning explains that although there were many reasons for why a solider white or black, Union or Confederate, slavery was the ultimate cause of the Civil War. At first Manning lists all the reasons soldiers from certain backgrounds enlisted but then she shows how those reasons were connected to slavery or how slavery very quickly became the reason someone was fighting. She does this in order to show the reader that slavery affected everyone is some way or another and that is why it became the main cause of the war. I believe Manning is successful in showing the relation between slavery and the soldiers fighting for its continuation or its end. Manning
Dew uses letters and speeches of the secession commissioners to assess their effect on sparkling resent and bitter emotions by the south to foster the secession movement. Dew’s central thesis is that the secessionist movement was largely motivated by racial inequality and the need to keep that as the status quo. Dew writes that a lot of the secession leaders used that as a reason for wanting the secession. He writes that, “Alabama's Leroy Pope Walker summarized that Republican rule would cost southerners first, ‘our property,’ ‘then our liberties,’ and finally ‘the sacred purity of our daughters’ (Dew, 80). Dew writes that historians neglect this as a causal factor of the war.
Slavery was a problem that plagued the United States for years; human beings were used and treated like property in this shadowy time in American history. Between the years 1848 and 1861 however, a great debate arose throughout the nation. Americans across the country began to debate slavery and its moralistic and economic factors, and people everywhere took their stance on this issue. Both factors expanded and built up to useful arguments. The North used morality and the South argued economics to justify slavery and feared Abraham Lincoln’s election.
Recently a hot topic in the news is the confederate flag and the controversy surrounding it. The news making a big deal out of the confederate flag being removed from South Carolina’s statehouse makes it seem like southerners are still living in the Revolutionary war. The confederate flag is simply a historical memento for many southern states. The anger that was raised in many southerners was not because they “hate black people,” but because the flag meant something to them and their history. The article, “Confederate Flag Removed from Statehouse Grounds” portrays the pride that many South Carolinians felt from the Confederate flag being flown.
After the war, there were reunions of families separated by the war across the nation. In the war, African men and women contributed a lot by participating in freedmen 's aid organizations and post-war relief support. References Blanton, D., & Wike, L. C. (2002). They fought like demons: Women soldiers in the American Civil War. LSU Press.
Many believe it was a fight for the rights and freedom of slaves, so what was the main cause of the Civil War was the issue of states rights and the preservation of the Union than rather than the issue of slavery. The primary cause of the Civil War was the issue of slavery. “Slavery played an important role in changing the United States slaves didn 't had any right.”(Overview of Slavery). The South wanted to keep slaves while the North didn´t want slaves.The North wanted slaves to stop being treated as prisoners and for them to have their
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”. The President that fought for the freedom of slaves, this was one of his most known quotes inspired to make people believe that slaves had the right to have freedom like everyone else did. This quote then impacted a lot of people, who then volunteered to fight in war. When Abraham found out his words were, “The more the merrier.” What would the world be like if Abraham Lincoln was not elected president? I believe that the world would be very different.
In the 19th century, slavery and the Reconstruction was a sore subject for the South. Reconstruction forged civil rights for African-Americans, but once the North’s influenced waned in the South, the South terrorized African-Americans and blocked them from accessing their newfound rights. While Reconstruction may have brought civil rights, those rights were quickly squashed by the South’s racism. Even after certain freedoms were securely gained, every new attempt to make African-Americans equal to the white populace was contested. A large group of people were happy to see slavery ended and civil rights rise.