The adventure of Huckleberry Finn is a novel set before the Civil war, when slavery was legal and seen as the social norm, but written during post civil war. This novel demonstrates all the aspects or traditional America, as far from what it is today. Mark twain illustrates a lifetime were slavery and racism were seen as a natural part of life. Through incidents, comments by the characters and statements by the narrator 's Twain illustrates a satirical atmosphere on slavery and racism.
Sanford illustrated a consequence of Manifest Destiny as well. What began as one man’s desire for freedom completely changed the status of every slave and free black person in the United States. In fact, the Dred Scott decision ruled that the black slaves of the country were not even technically citizens. This ruling repulsed many of the Northerners that were against slavery. , further increasing the tensions between the North and the South.
Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
The first document Advocates Slavery, George Fitzhugh states that he supported slavery. Before the American Civil War pro-slavery forces changed from protecting the idea of slavery and explaining it to be a positive idea. Fitzhugh insisted that African Americans were childish people that needed protection. Other people believed that black people were not able to live out in free world. Fitzhugh said that “the negro race is inferior to the white race, and living in their midst, they would be far outstripped or outwitted in the chaos of free competition."
The ancestors of Cora Peoples was a part of this group. Cora Mae (1902). Though the harsh treatment of enslaved Africans largely paled in comparison to that of white slaveholders, Blacks still were treated as an underclass among Native Americans. The tribes even established slave codes that protected owner's’ property rights and restricted the rights of Blacks.
All of the aforementioned negative aspects of Reconstruction far outweigh any positives, and counteract the meaning of Reconstruction itself; the destruction that occurred is plaguing our nation to this day. It is time for the nation in its entirety to acknowledge the destruction that happened in place of reconstruction, so that we can once and for all move on, and forge forward on a path of actual
However in 1865 the constitution finally outlawed slavery in the us.(13th amendment) The constitution stated that governments were prohibited from depriving a person 's life, liberty and property. Although slavery was abolished many African Americans were still deprived of their rights and were treated just as poorly as before. The reconstruction was not only a failure but was treated as a joke to all african americans. This idea is shown through laws against African Americans and the unfair way they were treated.
For instance, the anti-black advocates at St. Landry Parish in Louisiana established rules for their congregation through the means of black codes that restricted the rights and livelihoods of African Americans (Doc 2). Previous to the creation of black codes, slave codes were established, while after Jim Crow Laws were created; all served the purpose to discriminate against the African American race and regenerate white superiority. There was a slave code, black code, and a Jim Crow Law that prohibited intermarriage between whites and blacks; proving to be one of many similar restrictions between the three sets of rules. This shows how there was a social continuity in the lives of African Americans in the South in that they continued to experience restrictive discrimination against their race. Furthermore, social, racial discrimination continued through physical violence.
Within the novel, Twain makes use of the “N” word to express the reality of that time period. Before the civil war, it was socially accepted to treat African Americans or “negroes” poorly. Many used racism to justify the ownership of slaves. Mark Twain published this novel after the civil war, but set the book before the war to illustrate how inappropriate this racist behavior truly was. Without the use of the “N” word, the book would lose some of its realistic character.
The main goal of the movement was the emancipation of slaves and the end of racial discrimination. Many abolitionists argued that slavery went against the “unalienable rights” outlined in the United States Declaration of Independence. These were the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Other abolitionist believed that the enslavement of others was a sin.
As historical documents, the slave narrative serves as a lens to the evolution of white supremacy in the South in the eighteenth century through the twentieth century Jim Crow South to the disfranchisement of Blacks today. These narratives give voice to the generations of Blacks who may not have had their stories told because any evidence of what occurred was destroyed or was told from the oppressor’s perspective. In William Wells Brown’s Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: Narrative of a Slave Life (1853), the author shows the dilemma of the African American through the mulatto character. Brown’s narrative acts like an instrument to project the propaganda of the abolitionist by disclosing the brutal institution of slavery. The narrative develops around explicitly, powerful scenes that show the many experiences of the mulatto in the antebellum era through the social constraints that bind her.
The United States of America is a multicultural nation, where all races and cultures are almost represented. The American society is established with the idea of freedom any quality to all. These goals, however, is darkened by a contradictory belief : racism. Racism against African-Americans in America is a byproduct of permanent and inhuman enslavement of the black population. This type of slavery was built upon the need for American society to achieve economic prosperity and social stability.