Social Reform In The 19th Century Essay

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Written in the constitution, it is stated that “all men are created equal”, but as is common knowledge that this statement didn’t come without an asterisk. Early America faced many injustices: however, we as a people can often be relied upon to protest and fight against these injustices with steady vigor. Nineteenth century America was made up of many of these fights, and ultimately, the reforms that took their place. Some examples of these reforms include the push for public schools and the many causes of the Temperance movement—but among all these reforms stood a cry for emancipation from the most heinous crime of slavery: a reform that would ultimately alter America’s history tremendously. In this essay, I will discuss what I consider to be the most important social reform of American law and society in the nineteenth century: The Abolition of Slavery. Following the departure of America’s first slave ship from Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, so began America’s first steps into the disgusting industry of selling human souls as property. Importation of slaves was officially…show more content…
Slavery puts our own ethics and religious morals into question, unmasking our willingness to accept true human suffering for something as minute as money—and even wickedly contorting an otherwise well-meaning religion and set of beliefs to brainwash others into accepting this hideous trade. If we consider the physical implications of this reform in the present day, we can easily observe its effects. Even as conditions progressed and the playing field was somewhat levelled, it was only in 1964 racial segregation was abolished. While I’d like to comment on the current state of racism in the United States, I feel uneducated on the subject as a white South African
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