Opposition To Racism And Mark Twain's Abolitionist Movement

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In America, opposition to slavery started with acts of defiance such as “slave resistance”, where African American slaves would rebel in several ways to attain greater freedom. While this “revolution” gathered steam, with slaves often running away from their masters and finding shelter in swamps, lakes or in cities that believed in their cause, more organized forms of opposition, led by reformers like William Garrison (Document E), who founded The American Anti-Slave Society, also started gaining traction. The growing opposition to slavery, by both slaves and their white sympathizers, eventually culminated in a determined abolitionist movement that highlighted the plight of so many and galvanized public opinion against an appalling institution.…show more content…
Mark Twain’s, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Document J), was a scathing indictment of slavery as seen through the eyes of Tom and his life under one slave owner to another. Twain shows how Tom had not only been a decent man, but also had the courage to help his fellow slaves escape from the clutches of their evil masters. Though Tom's life ends tragically, he ended up setting two women free, who were able to reunite with their family and continue with their lives. Twain epic novel was an eye opener, and with many copies were sold, had a wide impact amongst the…show more content…
Many abolitionists actually considered resorting to violence in order to eradicate slavery (as in the case of Theodore Parker). This was ironic, since the schism within the nation did ultimately culminated in the Civil War (also known the 'First Modern War'), "beginning as a battle of army versus army, the war became a conflict of society against society." (pg. 511). “If abolitionists did not cause the Civil War, they shaped its meaning.” (4) It was indeed a war of two distinct societies since the country was fragmented into two: the abolitionists versus slave owners.
Perhaps it was the greater calling for justice that many in the North wanted to fight, if not for the glory of war itself. Although this maybe the case for many white Americans, it can be said with some level of assurance that African Americans were not fighting because they wanted their names in history books, but because they shared a kinship and a bond wrought by common suffering with their brethren in the South. The war, however, infused the masses with a deep sense of patriotism that the abolitionist movement at times lacked ("Recruits rushed to enlist, expecting a short, glorious war." page

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