People were wrong to think Lincoln would remove the Constitution because he did not have the power to do so. The Constitution authorized slavery so Lincoln left this alone and did not technically try to change that (Pruitt). Although, Lincoln did make the first steps to ending slavery, and that was one of the best things our country did. Slaves were treated as though their only life purpose was to help their owners. It was very “degrading.” The owners physically forced the slaves to work and if they did not, they were threated or beaten (Hamner).
People have their equal right, and should not be ranked depending on their skin color or gender. However, as “The American Story” states “The masters of these agrarian communities sought to ensure their personal safety and the profitability of their enterprises by using physical and psychological means to make slaves docile and obedient” (page 352), because of the greed of wealth and safety, some people discarded their basic humanity and discipline and made excuses to justify their cruelty, so the slavery became like a tumor growing in the human society rapidly. With physical and psychological abuse, this “tumor” tortured every struggling people from day to night. As the insight of a dark history, Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative of the Life
When he has no explainable reason to do this, he will come up with a reason for himself. In this case, he ordered his slaves to do something he knew they couldn’t, so when they said they couldn’t do it, he whipped them. The lives of slaves were defined by oppression like this. This abuse is not an occasional occurrence, and in the narrative of his live, former slave Frederick Douglass describes the physical abuse in his own life, “Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder. It required extraordinary barbarity on the part of an overseer to affect him.
Nowadays the general consensus is that slavery is immoral and wrong. All people should be viewed as equal, and discriminating against a person on the basis of race, forcing them to work and not get paid, is an awful thing. However, until 1865, slavery was still legal in the United States. It is self-contradictory to own slaves in the “land of the free”, but unfortunately that was the case. One reason that slavery was finally abolished was the growing awareness of the detrimental effects of slavery.
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
Then, Shaw’s good friend, Major Forbes, who is part of the regiment and does not agree with this decision says, “Robert, not with a whip. Not on them”. In saying this Forbes understands how ironic, cruel, and wrong it is for them to be whipping a former slave who is fighting for the abolishment of slavery because then they are sinking to the level of the Confederates. Furthermore, when Shaw tells him to never question his authority Forbes mocks him and says, “I is sorry, master. You be the boss man now and all us childrens must obey”.
For example, after Nat Turner’s rebellious act against the whites many still thought that slavery should be abolished. Even though they saw Turner’s actions as pure evil they still wanted to get rid of such an immoral violent system as slavery. Not only because it was immoral but because it also brought up the chances that slaves could only put up with so much of it until they would seek for vengeance. I don’t believe Stephan B. Oates was trying to perpetuate a racial divide in the legacy of Nat Turner at all. What he was trying to do by writing the book The Fires of Jubilee was to accurately tell how the events occurred.
The book helps Douglass to fully understands slavery, and grows to have so much hatred towards it. He sometimes wished himself dead because he wanted to be free so bad and not want to spend another minute being a slave. He will do this thing, were he will listen to anyone who his talking about slavery. When he was eager to write, he would go
The antislavery activists also thought that slavery could be contained, and eventually the act would die out. The more opinionated activists, abolitionists, wanted slavery abolished because it was immoral way to treat human beings. The abolitionists were more aggressive in the fight against slavery. These people were not willing to compromise and firmly believed slavery should be abolished. Unwilling to compromise as well were the extreme pro-slavery activists.
Learning to read and write was a skill in which Douglass took the utmost pride, however, it was a forbidden task. This served as yet another way to hinder the growth of an individual in the slave community. Douglass’s master, Mr. Hugh Auld, justified his reasoning behind forbidding intellectual advancement by saying, “If you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him…he would, at once become unmanageable…discontented and unhappy” (Douglass 48). Which in all truth, is exactly right. Slave owners were very afraid that if a slave gained too much knowledge, they would finally be wise enough to fight back.
Crocker: What is going on in your mind, Ominica? Dorian 's life was terrible because of the immoral things he did, not because each action had consequences. Just because he was handsome does not mean he was happy. If you look at the novel, you see him trying to change himself and even tells you (Points to Lord Henry) that he was going to change. Dorian understood why he was being punished and the picture was his physical way of knowing he was doing wrong.