John C Calhoun Argumentative Essay On Slavery

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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. One he recalled that…show more content…
Calhoun he said, “I hold it to be good as it has thus far provided itself to be and will continue to prove so is not disturbed by the fell spirit of abolition.” Douglass would disagree with this statement because Douglass feels that slavery is bad because he experienced terrible things, like the lack of education slaves received. Again, John C. Calhoun made a comment, saying, “Where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual. Are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two, is instead of an evil, a good, a positive.” Douglass again has a different position on slavery than John C. Calhoun because he feels slavery is an evil due to the harsh punishments and treatment of slaves. In “The Pro Slavery Argument,” James Henry Hammond stated “In the mind of pro slavery men, the institution of slavery protected the common good of slaves, masters, and society as a whole.” Once again, Douglass has a different position on this because he was not “protected,” like Hammond said slaves were, when he was a slave. Afterwards Douglass went on to write a narrative about his life in slavery and experiences, that helped expose the darkness of slavery, which later lead to slavery being looked down upon, and more people joined the abolitionist movement, that helped stop

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