Paradox Of Slavery In The 1760s

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In the light of two prominent newspapers in Massachusetts during the 1760s there was a great paradox of the citizens view on freedom and slavery. To understand this paradox, the newspapers will chronologically show how the citizens of Massachusetts believed in freedom from Britain was important but neglected to give the blacks their freedom. It is important to note that every time people mentioned slavery it was not for the slaves, but the “political slavery” with Britain. Through analyzing these newspapers and reading secondary literature on these matters, one can recognize the paradox of liberty. The slave advertisements, reading Mrs. Macaulay’s History and the discrimination during the Stamp Act. By doing this one can get a full view of…show more content…
For example, the Massachusetts newspapers have been printing slave advertisements since 1704, and almost every article in The Boston-Gazette and Country Journal and The Boston Evening-Post were advertisements of runaways or who were selling slaves that day. These things were very common, and the newspapers would make a lot of money through these advertisements. Honestly, they newspapers made so much from slave trade, that they were in competition with one another to see who got the most ads. The point being made is that the entire country was selling and reselling slaves like horses until the next shipment came in. This practice had brainwashed society into thinking that was how it was and allowed slave trade to become the multi-billion business that controlled the economy of Massachusetts and many other colonies in that time as well. It was literally due to the slaves that gave room for the middle class to become elites. Whether that sounded cruel or not, it was simply the way it was for generations, which no one found strange. Even though the Revolutionary War spoke so many times about liberty, freedom, and justice for…show more content…
MACAULAY’S HISTORY”, which spoke of the true spirit of liberty for all. Mrs. Macaulay spoke tenderly about the knowledge of Ancient Rome and Greece, which gave her the references and inspiration she needed to know what liberty and freedom meant.This shows some insight that literature was putting an effort to end tyranny with Britain and perhaps eventually end slave trade as well. One step forward was when Massachusetts was so concerned with the tyranny of Britain it created the slave labour. During the fight with Britain, the need for workers and men of traits were so great, it gave way for slaves to learn trades like shipbuilding (which employed around thirty different trades), blacksmithing, coopering, and printing. These slaves started to get paid for these services so that they could buy their freedom. A part of the poem written in The Boston Evening-Post, “Were all thus virtuous, soon we’d find our Land from Slavery freed” spoke of the freedom from the British, which could not have been accomplished without the slave labour being there. Again, the blacks barely got noticed for their efforts, which makes one wonder if the Americans had one that war with Britain without the

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