Slavery In Joseph Ellis Founding Brothers

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Many years after the Government abolished the international slave trade, a great unrest period developed. For a decade the question of slavery was swept underneath the rug. The issue of slavery was not fully exploited until 1861, when the civil war broke out. The author, Joseph Ellis, from the book Founding Brothers, presents the founding brothers as worried about slavery and wanting to maintain the peace of the fledgling nation. Joseph Ellis suggests an inquiry that slavery split the country so extremely that it became unresolveable every time the argument was pushed further into the future.The pressing issue of slavery would continue to be ignored until brought up by the civil war. The part of the south from the union was not just strategic, …show more content…

Two specific contributors to the issue of slavery, were Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Ultimately, Slavery was something that the south and some border states supported but if taken away, would lead to a downfall of the social structure of those states. Benjamin Franklin, now associated as the “Revolution's wisest brother,” agreed on signing a separate petition demanding to end of slavery. The House of Representatives did not have the authority to undermine Benjamin Franklin. The issue was essentially not brought back up until Franklin questioned it, and until the issue was pressed by the civil war. Benjamin Franklin and the quakers of pennsylvania believed that the slave trade and slavery in the first place was immoral.Being that slavery is Immoral, and since the constitution “empowered Congress to take whatever action it deemed ‘necessary and proper’ to eliminate the stigma of traffic in human beings" (83). This quickly convinced Franklin and the House of representatives under James Madison’s rule, to create better committees to debate the topic, where the representatives could argue slavery freely without questioning. Franklin was one of the few that did not want to wait until 1808 to finish discussing the issue of slavery. “One person stepped forward to answer the challenge, unquestionably the oldest, probably the wisest, member of the revolutionary generation” …show more content…

These issues still continue into modern day society because they were never resolved. Slavery just added to the fact the blacks weren't seen as humans and that the lowest a person could go on the social scale was to be a slave was the mindset in the 1790s. Now today many elements of that exist, especially in the education, job payment, and racial discrimination. “Under federal law, race discrimination in education is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.”This is what is supposed to be in effect overall public schools and colleges. But discrimination is inevitable, not because of all the racist people out there, but because of the lack of opportunities to be aware of discrimination between races. Although the United States has come a very long way in race equality, there is still vast room for improvement among all

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