Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).
In the ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, Frederick Douglass was a slave that was determined to become free from slavery. And eventually he did accomplish that goal, while ultimately becoming an abolitionist archivist and set off to abolish slavery at the end. Douglass wanted nothing more to be free, but something else was equally important was: literacy. As a slave this fundamental tool was against the rules, unlawful and unsafe. Getting caught doing so would lead to punishment.
Slaves had to be dehumanized for the slaveowners to rationalize what they were doing, and therefore, as is commonly known, slave brutality was severe. The thought of emancipation, that slaves would no longer be suppressed in the South lead to fear for uprising, vengeance, etc. on the then former slave owners. These uprisings had happened before and the southern slave owners were terrified of what would happen if they weren't being suppressed. Emancipation would also mean that slaves would become free and citizens on equal standing with the whites.
He was born in Talbot County in Maryland. He was trying to get everyone to believe that slavery was bad for both slaves and slave owners. Many Northerners believed that slavery was not good for anyone. Douglass argues that slavery hurts the slave and makes slave owners do things they wouldn 't normally do. Douglass wanted everyone to understand that slavery was not a good thing and needed to be abolished.
Although Beowulf is a fictional character and Harriet Tubman is not, they are both perceived as heroes that shared selflessness and leadership skills they used to accomplish their ultimate goals; saving peoples lives. The ultimate goal between Harriet Tubman and Beowulf was to save a group of people however, they both were fighting for different versions of freedom. Harriet Tubman was guiding runaway slaves to the northern states to set them free from harsh working conditions and abuse from their owners. Her goal was to make an impact in the lives of all African American slaves and their families. Harriet was not only thinking about the harsh conditions they were experiencing at the time, but also their futures.
John Brown was just a man who wanted to end slavery. He believed that he was the chosen one. He wanted to change the country. John Brown was a misguided Fanatic. According to dictionary.com misguided fanatic means to be mistaken by religoius belife.He wanted to help all the slaves be free.In Brown’s last speech it states that he didn’t do any harm to anything.’’ I have done--on behalf of God’s despised poor was not wrong.’’He even told them he wanted to free slaves.He was innocent but people thought otherwise.In The Life and times of Fredrick Douglass it states that Brown wanted to shock people into doing the right thing.He knew it would be hard with few people but he wanted to change peoples minds.He wanted to change it for the good in people.It
Randall states “He believed that all men and women had been created equal and he considered blacks as MEN--he had capitalized the word in the clause in the Declaration of Independence that had been stricken by the Second Continental Congress” (592). Jefferson’s slave clause was only defeated by one vote, and according to Allison he wanted slaves gone by 1800 (114). Aaron Schwabach who wrote “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, Slaves.” said that by January 1, 1808 all states with except for South Carolina, slaves became illegal. Jefferson did not take the changes well, he became disappointed by the slavery part getting turned down (277). Jefferson also states that it is the King’s fault for the slave trade going on for seven years, he is the one who started it, he blames him (Randall 212).
Harriet Tubman was also an activist who helped out slaves for their freedom and justice. They were being treated unfairly simply because of their skin color/race. Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman fought for the discrimination people were receiving, this was mainly caused because they were thought as “less than”. To illustrate my point, Cesar Chavez was also an individual who fought for rights. Likewise, Cesar had worked in the fields with his parents, so he understood how much of a pain it was to work without any breaks.
As Douglass said in the seventh chapter in his book, he had learned of the word abolition and how it related to freedom and liberty. He learned of this by listening to other conversations about slaves who had run away, murdered their masters, or the like and heard it was from the ‘fruits of abolitions’. Douglass speaks about this instance because of the ferocity of the actions of those who would risk their lives to escape to the freedom of the north and the possibility of starting a new life. A consequent instance of Douglass speaking of his liberty is in chapter ten, in which, he prays to God as well as giving God a small damnation. In this section, Douglass criticizes God for cursing him and the African Americans to the hell that they must endure, but Douglass also begs him to save him, and he wished that, “...
The Civil War was the war that tore the united states apart. Most people assume the war was fought only about slavery. But the war was fought for many more reasons. The north, known as the Yankees, or the union. Wanted to abolish slavery, decreases the economy difference in the southern farms and better state and equal rights.
In the Amistad case, Queen Isabella and the Spanish government wanted to get the slaves back so they could have "their" slaves or "property". In my opinion, I think the owners should have paid for the return of the cargo known as the slaves of the Amistad. I say this because they did terrible things to the slaves and caused much pain to them. I think they also gave Spain a bad rep. Besides, if you do some sort of a crime, you must pay for it.