How Did Andrew Jackson's View Of Slavery

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The Pre-Civil War Era was from 1815-1861. There were four presidents in this time span. Each of these presidents had their own unique view on slavery, which was still in the process of being abolished at the time. James Madison was entirely opposed to slavery. He grew up around Slaves and always treated them well. Kenneth M Clark points out, “he [James Madison] was opposed to the practice. It is said that he grew up with respect for slaves.” He would never allow a Slave to be more polite than him, either. If they tipped their hat to him, he tipped his hat back. Madison even considered the Slaves that he grew up around to be family. Although Madison did not agree with slavery, he did not want to release all Slaves at once. He instead wanted …show more content…

His estate listed that he owned 161 Slaves at the time of his death in 1845. As if that was not bad enough, Jackson was not solely an owner of slaves. Mark R. Cheathem explains, “Jackson was not only a slave owner, but also a slave trader.” He was a part of the domestic slave trade, trading slaves from Virginia to New Orleans. Along with Jackson, James Monroe was for slavery. Monroe owned as many as 250 Slaves in his lifetime. He was against slavery as well, though. “Highland and Slavery” states, “he [James Monroe] never freed any of them [Slaves]. At the same time, Monroe strongly believed in and called for the abolition of slavery.” Monroe, though he wanted to keep his slaves until abolition was begun, wanted abolition to happen in a gradual way just as Madison and Adams …show more content…

Anesthesia did not exist, and remedies for curing disease were more synonymous with witches potions than the medicine prescribed today. Besides the primality of medicine at this time, medicine differed based on if you were a white healer or a black healer. White healers cured people afflicted with insignificant illnesses using outrageously extreme methods. Black healers would mix and feed a person a concoction of roots and herbs that they had found to be useful in curing certain illnesses when they came about. Christine Andrea explains, “Slaves preferred their own doctors to white doctors and their ‘heroic’ purging and bloodletting.” Black healers used simpler methods that they knew to be effective rather than making a person bleed thus that the illness would be bled out or using another drastic cure. Some examples of Black cures are sassafras root tea which was used to “find” illness in the blood and clean it out and chestnut leaf tea which was used to cure asthma,

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