The demonstrations of division in America coexisted many: utopian societies, clashes over public space, backlash alongside immigrants, urban rebellions, black demonstration, and Indian oppositions. America was a separated land in need of change with the South in the biggest demand. The South trusted heavily on agriculture, equally opposed to the North, which was vastly populated and an industrialized union. The South produced cotton, which remained its main cash crop and countless Southerners knew that hefty reliance on slave labor would damage the South ultimately, but their forewarnings were not regarded. The South was constructed on a totalitarian system.
If the Freedmen’s Bureau had continued, African Americans and poor whites would have continued to receive support from the government as well as from other volunteers, such as carpetbaggers and scalawags. Over time, Southerners would begin to realize that former slaves were becoming equals to them, and slowly begin to accept it, especially since blacks would have the resources and people to enforce this idea. This would lead to America being the just and equal society citizens had wanted since the
While Reconstruction after the Civil War seemed to have promise for former slaves, there were still many hardships. President Andrew Johnson’s leniency with the south during this decisive period allowed for there to be debate over what the fate of freed slaves should be. Some believed that continuing to work in the fields they were once slaves in was the best option for blacks because of their past as field workers, while others believed that there were more options for blacks than just farm work as seen in the schools built in the south for the black population by the Freedman’s Bureau. However, the question still remained as to what freedom for blacks truly meant. People’s opinions on what freedom for ex-slaves needed to be depended exclusively on their race and their socioeconomic status.
Some owners came together and believed slaves were treated well and there is no rivalry or competition for employment of slaves and other free laborers. This opinion or belief spread across much of the continental United States and caused many individuals to jump on their side and share some of the same values and beliefs. Many of these slave owners believed that after president Lincoln implemented the Emancipation Proclamation or freeing of slaves should be a gradual process and all the slaves should not be released at once in case of a large rebellion or there was some work or jobs that still needed to be completed. As slavery started to diminish some elected officials and leaders still believed preserving the Union should be the primary war aim which is what caused the Civil War, but in all reality we know the actual events that had occurred and taken place. The people who believed slaves were treated fair and equal were obviously oblivious to the fact of how society was treating these poor African Americans and that could start to raise questions about the mental state of these people and how they value the life of other individuals
Critics argue that even with his reputation and political place (National Spokesperson) he did not demand for more equality for the African American population. Laws such as the Jim Crow and Black Codes prohibited blacks to vote or engage in political meetings. Overall, I think Washington did a great job of helping the African American community gain educational rights. He worked hard to give the blacks what they needed (education) and at the same time kept peace within the two races.
For one, the slavery seen in African communities was typically for the punishment of criminals, although there are exceptions, like Equiano’s own enslavement. However, despite his kidnapping and involuntary enslavement, he was treated as if he were free, with families doing “all they could to comfort me” and “carry[ing] me very often, when I was tired, either on their shoulders or on their backs” (Equiano, 31). It can be assumed that, by Equiano’s retelling, that even though he was held in servitude against his will, the reasoning for the owning of slaves was to pass them through to the coast to be taken to the Americas but without the malevolent feelings that the slaves would eventually encounter with the white
He was inspiring the fame of being a presusaive writer and speaker he then moved on the bigger and better things he didn’t let his past get in the way of his future. He talked mainly about racism and slavery he wanted to end both of those things. Frederick Douglass was a man who also knew what he wanted he wanted to be free! He wanted to end racism he wanted to end slavery he didn’t want to be a slave all his life and by using the underground railroad he was able to escape. We are able to be free because people like Frederick Douglass who wasn’t afraid to speak up and say what they wanted to say and by doing that we have what we have today.
Although most of the plans Congress has come up with are good, all plans have cons, even congress 's. Since the right to vote was given to the freedmen and made them citizens they are going to be treated equally. The Southerners very recently considered the freedmen as their slaves and won 't like the idea of them be equals. The southern states get to keep their property but they have to pay for the damages. They are losing
Without his experiences as an escaped slave Frederick Douglass wouldn’t have been able to uses his experiences to help the persuade the audience of his speech as effectively as he did, and with his experiences it caused him to evoke more emotion as well. In addition, when frederick Douglass appealed to the logical side of why slavery needs to end the reasoning that he provided was very compelling. When slavery was abolished in 1865 Frederick Douglass was able to experience some of the freedom he fought for until he died in 1895, so his hard work was not for nothing, but people would continue to fight for equality for years to
Slavery had many faces but the underlying concept remained beneath each of these different faces. No matter how kindly a slave was treated by their master, they were still considered property and subhuman. While some owners beat and mutilated their slaves, others were more "kind" and treated their slaves humanely. Nonetheless, they still owned slaves and believed the slaves were property. Famous former slaves, such as Frederick Douglass, enlightened people as to how slaves were treated by their masters.
Not to loose their resolve many slaves created an underground railroad which lead from the southern state to the northern states and Canada. it was a sign of freedom for those still in slavery and presented hope to those that had lost hope. The slaves felt they deserved to be free and deserve a better life and were ready and willing to fight for it. One such person was Harriet Tubman who initiated the underground railroad from the south to the northern states and during the traveling she provided guidance and shelter for the slaves fighting for liberty. Harriet just didn 't free herself, she also went back and freed other slaves that were also in search for a new life.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” –Frederick Douglass. I believe that Frederick Douglass put his life as a slave into words that inspired people all around the world. His Autobiographies explained the heartaches of a slave that he was forced to live through for half of his life. Although most people believe in equality today Frederick Douglass didn’t have that right, people took that from him. Douglass was a kind and determined man and didn’t give up until the right result came around.
The Southern on the other hand, demanded free trade. Since they could not come up with a compromise, it was one of the factors causing the Civil War. National Crisis Nationalism was a powerful force in the early 19th century. Nearly all Northerners supported the Union but the Southerners were split between those loyal to the United States and those loyal to the southern region and then the Confederacy. C. Vann Woodward said of the latter group, "A great slave society ... had grown up and miraculously flourished in the heart of a thoroughly bourgeois and partly puritanical republic.
I agree with your point. Perhaps, Jefferson realized that slavery was wrong way when it against his principles which he wrote about liberty and happiness of each person in Declaration of Independence. However, Jefferson is fearful of emancipation of the slavery because he knew it would threat to the Americans' life, and obviously he believed that Americans and slaves never can live in the same country. Therefore, as you mentioned, slaves must be removed from the country if they are freed
Jefferson believed that the relationship between master and slave had an unhappy impact on the manners of Americans. It led to violent passions and great despotism. ' Our children see this, and learn to imitate it,' he said. Could the liberties of the nation be secured when the people no longer thought that they were a gift from god? Ultimately, Jefferson feared some shift in fate that would make masters pay for enslaving Africans.