In 1776, on July 4th, the 13 English colonies officially declared their freedom from England. However, as the years progressed, slavery became incorporated into everyday American life. In 1852, Frederick Douglass, a former slave, was called upon to deliver a speech to celebrate America’s independence; however, he censured Americans for saying they were a “country of the free”. In the speech, Hypocrisy of American Slavery, Frederick Douglass declares that Americans should not be celebrating their freedom when there are slaves living in the country. He uses emotional appeal, ethical appeal, and rhetorical questions to convince his audience that Americans are wrong celebrating freedom on the 4th of July when slavery exists in their country.
The individuals from the Virginia Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony came to the new country for both very similar reasons, the main reason being so that they could have freedom within their colonies and to be free from the church and practice their own religion. The puritans and the pilgrims from the Netherlands but they wanted their children to keep the English traditions. The fishing and hunting conditions were not good in this area. Some colonists traded American Indians corn for beaver fur. The economy was bad because the king raised taxes but when they started making the tobacco plantations helped the economy out.
A good proportion of settlers confiscated lands, which belonged to Native Americans; however, Roger Williams made an impactful decision that no one should be allowed to confiscate them. In addition, Quakers tried to govern the state of Rhode Island. According to History.com Staff, a big achievement for the Narragansett colony
Here in America we were on our own but still felt love for our country. I was very loyal to my country until shortly after 1773 when other colonists started to protest The Tea Act, it seemed as though Parliament had “ granting a monopoly to the East India Company, the act not only cut out colonial merchants who would otherwise sell the tea themselves; it also reduced their profits from smuggled foreign tea”. Once again, Parliament was taxing us without representing us and going against the British Constitution. This is when I decided, like many others that something must be done to either treat us as equals or for us to stand on our own. After the boycotts and protests the tea had all rotted and could not be used, I know what they did was wrong and thought they could have handled it differently, but they did prove our point.
Gross gives us a good depiction of who these people were, and how they were not much different than us today. The people of concord were not eager to start a revolution, but they did what they thought was right. Scope: The time period that this book is written in is before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War was from 1775 to about 1783. Before anyone thought about fighting the British for what they believed to be right, Concord was just a common town with average people trying to make a living.
That donating and setting up organizations to help people escape slavery, educate them, and try to keep them from falling back into slavery. Considering I have many liberal friends many people, who are activists in their communities are not shocked and know that this is an issue in the world. Some people are too absorbed into their own lives to care about another person’s misery or misfortune. Some had no clue and were appalled. “How can it really be that bad and we don’t know about it?” but what it came down to it they have no idea how to help or what would help.
The Impact of the Underground Railroad in American History To begin, when the topic of American history is brought up, people do not tend to bring up slavery and how it has impacted our country by once splitting it into two. Instead they bring up how our country gives independence and freedom to its citizens. This was not always the case, though in 1619 the first slaves were brought to Virginia by the Dutch to help boost production of tobacco and other important crops. These African American people were kidnapped and made to join the impoverished European people of the colony in working for wealthy colonists. The agreement when slavery first began was that if you worked for seven years you would gain freedom along with your own plot of
This is important because although she was bought as a servant her owner noticed her frail health and high intelligence and did not uses her as a slave, instead, encouraged her to pursue her intellectual desire. The third important topic is the African American and the American Revolution. During the Revolutionary War many slaved crossed to the British side while others contemplated whether or not they should stick with the American in hope of being looked at as being faithful. Some ponder the idea of just looking the other way until the storm clears. Ultimately, the driving force for their decision was the hope for freedom.
Georgia was originally for the charity of the people in debtor’s prison to get a fresh start. In the end the king let all the rich people go and NO debtors got to go. In the charter of 1732 it states “that many of our poor subjects are, through misfortunes and want of employment, reduced to great necessity, insomuch as by their labor they are not able to provide a maintenance for themselves and families.” This proves that Georgia did have charity and that through hard times of the settlers lives, Oglethorpe helped them through and gave them hope. However, the main reason in Oglethorpe’s eye for Georgia was to help the debtors and free them but, it didn’t happen. So the main charity of Georgia didn’t work and turned up as a failure.
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
While much of America was based around the idea of slavery for money, there were still some groups that came to America for safety, security, and the right to practice religions as they pleased. The story, “Of Plymouth Plantation”, provides great examples on how this is so. The Pilgrims that came over to America from Plymouth wanted to escape their lands to be able to have the right to religious freedom, becoming one of the first groups to come to America for a great cause. The Puritan Pilgrims were also one of the first to actually make peace with the Native Americans and create the very first Thanksgiving, noted from the following quote: “...after friendly entertainment, and some gifts given him, they made a peace with him...” (“Plantation” 64) This means that they were one of the first to actually show kindness to those of a different ethnicity than the Puritans, which was a major
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.
Slavery, once a controversial topic, is slowly beginning to reappear in today 's society. Most individuals will deny this because slavery isn 't something that is visible to someone not looking for it, but it still exists nationwide. In response to “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass, I believe that with slavery being out of sight and mind, citizens are celebrating a national holiday and oratory with more optimism than what should be present. Around the publication of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” in 1845, enslavement was present all around. Back then, all it took was a glance at an individual 's skin color to determine if they were in bondage.