Although some people took advantage of the fugitive slave laws, there were groups of abolitionists who still fought to end slavery, despite what the Constitution upheld. Men such as Ralph Waldo Emerson from Document D, and William Lloyd Garrison from Document E, fought tireless to spread their beliefs about the immoral nature of slavery. Emerson believed that the fugitive slave law contradicted the very Constitution it was protected by, as it took away the right to liberty and life. He felt that because the law is immoral and the constitution contradicted itself, the Union was coming to an end. William Lloyd Garrison shared similar views to that of Emerson, and refused to support a Constitution that protects slavery.
He stated that those who want to preserve the Union are biased and against the Southern ideals and institutions. Those who want to preserve the Union at the same time want to violate the Constitution. He feels that if they were truly in favor of the Union they would stop berating the slavery issue. Calhoun felt that Henry Clay’s compromise cannot save the Union, but he would support it. He believed the South had already sacrificed so much, and had little left to surrender, and that the South just wanted justice.
As a result, States created their own constitutions about abolishing slavery. Before the Civil War, many people fought back and forth between sides of slavery. The United States’ creation of the Thirteenth through the Fifteenth Amendments was an influential compromise between United States and slavery because it challenged current society, abolished slavery, and created an equal country. Throughout the world’s history slavery was there. There were slave traders that captured and sold the slaves.
The debates about slavery started in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. With the main question arising whether new states admitted to the union should be slave or non-slave states. The North enforced a series of acts to try abolish slavery such as; The Missouri Compromise in 1820 which prohibited slavery in states from former Missouri purchase, Missouri was seen as a slave state and Maine as a free state. The Wilmot Proviso in 1846 which banned slavery in any new lands and made it a law that slaves could not be owned, The Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 which created two new territories allowing settlers to determine whether or not to have slavery by popular vote, although both territories ratified anti-slavery eventually the violence troubled and shocked. ( Source A) The North was no longer willing to have slavery as part of their new society, political power blocks were planned to abolish slavery completely within the unions.
Lincoln’s plan for Reconstruction dealt was the prohibiting of slavery. During the war the Emancipation Proclamation was a huge turning point. Even though it had regulations, it gave the slaves hope. President Lincoln then offered his 10% plan. The plan stated that a state could only return to the union if; ten percent of the people agreed to follow the United States decisions, a new government was selected, and a new constitution or laws including an end to slavery was written.
In 1830, encouraged by President Andrew Jackson, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which gave the federal government the power to relocate any Native Americans in the east to territory that was west of the Mississippi River. Though the Native Americans were to be recompensed, this was not done fairly, and in some cases led to the further destruction of many of the eastern tribes. By early 1800’s, the white Americans established settlements further west for their own benefit, and later discovered gold. Furthermore, Georgia's attempt to regain this land resulted in the Cherokee protesting and taking this case to the United States Supreme Court. Even though the court came to the decision of favoring the Cherokee, Jackson ignored it and with
Determinations and preservation of the slaves across the country struck fear in the eyes of the Confederacy (Carnahan, 2007). Sometimes the government put its citizens in situations that are not always good. Some masters bought slaves not because they were willing but because it was a rule in the plantation sector since some treat them with more dignity than other owners. The Emancipation Proclamation added force to the union as it strengthens it both politically and militarily. The Proclamation has assumed a place among the famous documents of freedom as a milestone along the final abolishment of their liberty in the United States (Guelzo,
That's where the slaves came in they did all the heavy lifting, although all of these created problems. Throughout the mid to late 1800s in the United States, The Frederick douglass Narrative and Uncle tom's cabin socially and culturally helped people to support abolition by showing the reality of slavery and how cruel it was, sparking the emotions of americans. The Frederick Douglass’ narrative and Uncle Tom's Cabin helped to build support by showing the reality of slavery, also showing the racial divisions between slaves and “normal people”Racial divisions were the basis of slavery,There was no exceptions to this, if you were born to slaves then you were a slave for life. Even if you were educated like a white person, For example “"My master! and who made him my master?
Northern and Southern states developed different social and political beliefs which led into larger disagreements. Although many different factors contributed to the Civil War, the main causes were over issues such as humanitarian or ‘moral’ concerns towards slavery, conflicts between states versus federal rights and the election of 1860, making Abraham Lincoln as president and eventually causing Southern secession. The American Civil War began in 1861 and lasted 4 years, ending in 1865. It was one of the most deadly and bloodiest war since more than 600,000 died, but at the same time, it served to determine what kind of nation America would become. The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to ban slavery in the territories that had not yet become states.
From mentioning slaves being treated from good to bad and being looked down upon for being a different race, this short story has mentioned numerous issues. This book discusses the issues of constructing social race in America and the division of races. Even though the United States has come a long way from slavery and the amount of hatred racism has brought up, there is still some work that needs to be attended