In the 1700-1800’s, the use of African American slaves for backbreaking, unpaid work was at its prime. Despite the terrible conditions that slaves were forced to deal with, slave owners managed to convince themselves and others that it was not the abhorrent work it was thought to be. However, in the mid-1800’s, Northern and southern Americans were becoming more aware of the trauma that slaves were facing in the South. Soon, an abolitionist group began in protest, but still people doubted and questioned it. When Frederick Douglass published his self-written narrative, people finally got a fully comprehensive view of the life of a slave.
In Nat Turner, Kyle Baker illustrates a part of history that textbooks merely gloss over. He gives names to the 55 whites who were murdered. However, it is impossible to mention all the names of the thousands of blacks that suffered because of the slave trade. But was Nat Turner’s revenge justified? Although Nat Turner’s rebellion is unjustifiable because so many were killed, he is not entirely to blame because white slaveholders denied him and other black people of basic rights which forced them to act out.
John Brown is a abolitionist who was against slavery and has made a big impact to the abolitionist movement for slavery. Many debate is John brown was a hero or a murderer. He planned to help the movement by opposing a raid on harper leas ferry and wanted to free slaves and help them fight back. However his decision left a different type of impact. The result of the act ended in inncocne people being killed, slaves being killed , and no slaves were able to be freed.
He writes, “Compare your own language above, extracted from the Declaration of Independence, with your cruelties and murders inflicted by your cruel and unmerciful fathers and yourselves on our fathers and on us…,” (Walker, 3). Walker’s main focus was toward the white men who had created an active political and economical American society, but failed to go through with what they wrote on official documents such as the Declaration of Independence. Jackson, again, failed to accommodate the Black population with “equal rights” even though they were living in the United States. This not only goes against Black men but Black women as well, such as Harriet Jacobs. If Jackson and other predominately powerful white men during the era had truly followed the historical documents written by our founding fathers, then Jacobs and her family along with all other enslaved Blacks working on southern plantations would have the right as any white American – and be
The reconstruction period was a failure because African Americans, mainly males, were not treated with equality although the constitution said that the they were free and had the right to vote, be educated and had the right to liberty, life and the pursuit to happiness. Organizations, like the KKK, were created to harm freed slaves and their families. Laws were created such as the Black Codes restricting former slaves from their rights. African Americans endured a lot of violence over the years. “In Grayson, Texas, a white man and two friends murdered three former slaves because the wanted to ‘ thin the niggers out and drive them to their hole’”.
I believe Andrew Jackson was not a hero but a villain because of the way he treated Native Americans, the actions he took during his presidency, and the fact he was a slave-owner. Andrew Jackson’s sentiment towards the Native Americans was certainly not a kind one. Manifest destiny was a popular belief among Americans, including Jackson, and he would go to the extent of forcing Native Americans out of their homes to reach their “ordained goal”. He believed in the expansion of southern slavery which is why he pushed for removing the Indians west of the Mississippi, which makes it the more disgraceful. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 said that it will allow American government to offer in-state territories to the Indian’s for their western land.
Frederick Douglass showed many people the true horror of slavery through his book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass, who was a former slave himself, talked about how he rarely got to see his mother, and never got to meet his father because they were split up. Red Scott was a slave who had lived in free states and slave states. When his master died he said he was free because he lived in a free territory. The case went all the way up to the Supreme court, where it was decided that slaves weren 't citizens, therefore, Scott had no right to use the court system, and he was returned to his master 's widow.
In the mid 1800’s slavery was a very popular thing in the south and was not looked down upon. Many people thought slavery brought the community together and thought it was good. Later Frederick Douglass, a famous slave and abolitionist came out and wrote his own narrative, throwing light on the different aspects of slavery that made slaves think it was bad, such as, cruel beatings that often occurred, the lack of education being given to slaves, and lies being told to the general public. He had very different positions on slavery compared to, pro slavery men and he used his narrative and life experiences to support those positions. Many beatings happened on the plantation, that Douglass and his fellow slaves witnessed.
The whites kept them from having religious gatherings, and made them feel useless without their owners. However, the African Americans received the same or about equal medical care, because they were property and the owners did not want to lose the value of them.Boundless One cruel way the African Americans were treated was how they were punished. Slaves were punished for not obeying commands, trying to escape, and if they upset their masters for almost anything. The owners will also just beat their slaves just to show their dominance over the slaves. Some things that the slave owners did to them was whipped, shackled, and also imprisonment.Boundless Some plantation owners would put collars with spikes coming out of it and metal masks on African American slaves as a punishment for defying the owner’s wishes.
Reconstruction was an attempt reconcile the country and bring it back together, however it was not the success Abraham had hoped it to be when initiated before being assassinated. The failure had many effects on African American communities in both the north on the south both negative and positive. Socially black slaves were freed but not really accepted into society. Black codes were utilized which placed pressure on African Americans about things like when to meet with friends and where they should live. Discrimination against black flourished as the Ku Klux Klan a group of people who wore robes and mask went around pretending to be the ghost of Confederate soldiers.