Justification Of Slavery Dbq

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Throughout 1776 to 1852 the ever-changing United States was in the process of developing increasingly deeper and stronger attitudes toward the abolishment of slavery. In no other years, but those between 1776 to pre-Civil War, had the United States been as nearly determined to eradicate slavery. There were numerous reasons behind the need to put an end to slavery, some derived from the ideals of the Revolutionary War, the Second Great Awakening, Antebellum Reform Period, and Manifest Destiny. The Revolutionary War took place in order for Americans to gain independence from the British, and it not only fought for freedom, but also equality—one of the leading justifications for abolition. Moreover, the first Europeans came to America for religious…show more content…
Several courts were in favor of declaring the slaves on trial as free men, demonstrated in, but not limited to, the rulings from the following cases: Prigg v. Penn, United States v. The Amistad, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Nathaniel Jennison, and Dred Scott v. Sanford, although the Dred Scott Decision occurred out of the time period. (Document B) Furthermore, William Lloyd Garrison was a member and part-time leader of the American Anti-Slavery Society as well as the founder of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator. The Liberator was one of Garrison’s most successful contributions to the abolitionist movement, and it helped him succeed in becoming a well-known abolitionist. Similar to The Liberator was The North Star, another abolitionist newspaper established this time by Frederick Douglass, a slave who had escaped into freedom. Both papers had one and the same goal in mind: to increase Americans’ awareness of the cruel institution of slavery and to inform as many people as possible of abolition movements and how to support the abolishment of slavery. Other free African-Americans who fought for racial equality include David Walker and Nat Turner. David Walker is most famous for his literary work, David Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, and for being an extremely radical, as well as an ambitious antislavery activist. In addition, Nat Turner organized and executed one of the few effective slave rebellions. His rebellion inspired other slaves to rebel and provoked the fear that slaves had the potential to rebel against their masters in the southern slave-owning plantations. Nat Turner’s Rebellion, however, ultimately resulted in his death by hanging. Men were not the only ones to speak
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